Fengming: A Chinese Memoir

When 7 Aug 2011 - 13 Aug 2011
Where Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003
United States
Enquiry 212 505 5181

Wang Bing, Fengming: A Chinese Memoir, 2007. Courtesy of the director and Anthology Film Archives

August 7 2011, 3pm

August 13 2011, 4:30pm

Film Notes:

Directed by Wang Bing. 2007, 186 minutes, video. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Special thanks to Wang Bing and Lihong Kong.

Winter in China. A town in the snow. Wrapped in her coat, an old woman walks slowly through a housing complex to her simple apartment. Inside, He Fengming settles into her armchair and remembers. Her memories take us back to 1949, to the beginning of a journey that will take us through 30 years of her life and of the New China. In FENGMING, Wang Bing presents her unforgettable story, from her repeated persecution under the two reformatory campaigns in China during the 1950s through her rehabilitation in 1974.

“Unprompted and unrelenting, an elderly Chinese woman recounts her harrowing experiences during the 1950s anti-Rightist campaign and 1960s Cultural Revolution in a torrent of words that is not only a devastating critique of Chinese Communism but, in a way, the [Cannes Film Festival’s] most remarkable performance.” –J. Hoberman, VILLAGE VOICE

The screening is part of the TALKING HEAD series. For more information please click here.