Michael Moore Award Best Documentary Film, 49th AAFF
Huang Weikai's unique documentary captures, with remarkable freedom, the anarchy, violence and seething anxiety animating the breakneck pace of China's contemporary urbanization. A man dances in the middle of traffic while another tries to jump from a bridge before dozens of onlookers. Pigs scattering from an overturned truck run wild on a highway while dignitaries swim in a heavily polluted river. These scenes, unshowable on China's strictly controlled television networks, reflect an emerging grass roots media, one that can capture at ground level the palpable, vibrant and often dangerous upheavals taking place in China today.