Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks/Tiexi District: West of the Tracks (2003, doc), State of The World (fragment Brutality Factory) (2007), He Fengming/Fengming, a Chinese Memoir (2008, doc), Cai you ri ji/Crude Oil (2008, instal), Tong Dao/Coal Money (2009, doc), Wu Ming Zhe/Man With No Name (2010, doc), Jia Bian Gou/The Ditch (2010), San Zimei/Three Sisters (2012, doc), Gu du/Alone (2012, doc), Venice 70: Future Reloaded (fragment) (2013, doc), Feng ai/'Til Madness Do Us Part (2013, doc), Yi Zhi/Traces (2014, short doc), Fu Yu Zi/Father and Sons (2014, doc), Ta'ang (2016, doc), Ku Qian/Bitter Money (2016, doc), Fang Xiu Ying/Mrs. Fang (2017, doc)
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Wang Bing at IFFR
Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks - Part 1: Rust
You need to book a whole day, but then you will go on a fantastic journey through a fascinating industrial empire in decay. In addition: one day is not really enough to see the whole of Tie Xi (north eastern China).
Wang Bing headed for a plateau in the Gobi desert to show just how much China needs oil at the moment. Just how hard they have to work there in barren conditions. He returned home with altitude sickness and also with a film that lasts two whole days in exhibition.
Fengming, a Chinese Memoir
Intense documentary about the ageing journalist He Fengming who tells the sad but fascinating story of her life. Oral history in its most pure, effective and emotional form. She survived the terrors of the 20th century in China to tell the story.
Three sisters aged 10, 6 and 4 have to cope more or less on their own in a remote mountainous region of Yunnan. Terrible poverty in China, shown with gripping compassion by today's best documentary maker. Shorter version of Three Sisters, which premiered in Venice.
'Til Madness Do Us Part
China’s most famous documentary maker spent months in a municipal asylum, where patients are sometimes incarcerated for decades. This four-hour documentary is respectful and poignant, and manages to find surreal beauty and love in what seems like a hell.
Father and Sons
In this documentary, Wang points his patient, poetic camera eye at the sad existence of a father and two sons whom he met while making Three Sisters. They live in a hut no larger than 4 m² owned by the factory where the father works. Compelling and chastening compassion.
Wang Bing continues to work, his empathy and concentration as great as ever, on an oeuvre depicting the struggles of poor Chinese to survive in a country in transformation. Here, he trains his camera on Mrs Fang and those gathered around her deathbed. Confrontational, poignant and intimate, this film won the Golden Leopard in Locarno.