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14th DMZ Docs(2022)

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A Marble Travelogue

Sean WANG

  • Netherlands, Hong Kong, France, Greece
  • 2022
  • 99min
  • 12 +
  • DCP
  • color

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Synopsis

A piece of white marble stone mined in Greece takes us on its Odyssey along the global consumption driven by the Chinese domestic market, to investigate the role of China as the "world’s buyer.”

Review

The marble industry is known as one of the driving forces of the Greek economy. According to statistics, the main destination for marble produced in Greece is China. A Marble Travelogue is a documentary that follows the long and complicated journey of marble from Greece to China and back to Europe. After director Sean WANG meets a Chinese businessman who bought a mine in Greece, he learns about the global connections made by marble. Marble brought to China, which has become the “world’s factory” and “the world’s largest market,” is either consumed by the middle class with high purchasing power, or processed and exported back to Europe. A Marble Travelogue macroscopically analyzes this industrial cycle, while closely showing the aspects of the actors participating in the process. Marbles drifting between the East and the West in a time of unpredictable global battle for supremacy can be called a well-planned black comedy. The video, crafted with sophisticated shooting and editing, is another pleasure of A Marble Travelogue.

Director

  • Sean WANG

    He is a Hui Chinese director based in Beijing. He graduated from the Communication University of China and Beijing Film Academy with a Television Directing BA and a Screenwriting MA, respectively. His first feature-length documentary Lady of the Harbour(2017) was premiered at IDFA.

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