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THE CHINESE MAYOR

Zhou Hao
CN 2015    58' 86'
⚬ Society ⚬ Current Affairs & Politics 

Synopsis

How power works in the Chinese Communist Party, focused through the mission of one local mayor who is determined to transform the coal-mining centre of Datong into a tourism haven (showcasing clean energy). In order to revitalize the city, he must first destroy. With remarkable access, the film follows him out and about facing battles on the street, mostly mostly from within the Communist party itself.

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Director

Zhou Hao

Producer

Zhao Qi

Production Company

ZHAOQI FILMS

Cinematography

Zhou Hao, Zhang Tianhui

Editors

Yu Xiaochuan, Tom Hsinming Lin

Music

Xie Yugang

Sound

Xiao Jing

Awards

World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award

Sundance 2015

Objectif d'Argent

Millenium International Film Festival 2015

Best Documentary

River Run FF 2015

Festivals

Sundance 2015

True/False 2015

Seattle IFF 2015

Sydney IFF 2015

New Zealand IFF 2015

EBS IDF 2015

Millenium IDFF 2015

Film Details

Runtimes 58' 86'
Spoken Languages Chinese
Production Countries China

Biography

Zhou Hao, born in 1968, started his career as a photographer for China's national news group Xinhua News Agency and Southern Weekly, the country's most influential weekly newspaper. His debut documentary HOU JIE TOWNSHIP (2001) won the Black Pottery Award (Best New Professional Reward) at the Yunnan Multi-Culture Visual Festival. He went on to direct SENIOR YEAR which won the Humanitarian Award for Best Documentary at the Hong Kong International Festival in 2006, followed by USING, which clinched the Asia Award the Taiwan International Documentary Festival 2008. Zhou Hao was invited as jury of the Chicago International Festival 2007 and the following year, jury of the Taiwan International Documentary Festival and Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival in 2009.

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