I’m still recovering from Wednesday’s Shanghai Photographer Night at Dada Bar. Thanks to everyone who showed up and making the show a raving success!
This Friday evening, I’m looking forward to my friend Xi Zi’s (席子) solo photography show and discussion on Dongjiadu (董家渡), a part of Old Town where old factories and longtangs once made up the thriving neighborhood. One of the oldest Catholic Churches in Shanghai still remains, though seemingly alien to its flattened surroundings.
I also interviewed Xi Zi last year on his work, you can read more here.
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20 Huqiu Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
中国上海 黄浦区 虎丘路20号
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Slide Show and Conversation with the Photographer: Disappeared Dongjiadu
Time: Friday Apr. 15th 7 P.M.
Photographer: Xi Zi
The Slide show features the independent photographer Xi Zi’s documentary on the transformation of the Donjiadu community from the beginning to the end. The photographer will be there to take comments and answer questions. Director Zhou Hongbo of the documentary film Lotus Ferry will be there as well.
Director Zhou Hongbo (周洪波) will also be screening his documentary on Dongjiadu on Saturday (16 April). More after the jump.
Lotus Ferry（Documentary Film, 2006, China, 60min.）
Time: Saturday Apr. 16th 7 P.M.
Directed by Zhou Hongbo
This was a residential area near an old pier; there were many old factories buildings, old churches, underground theaters, long and winding streets and famous historical buildings. This is a part of Shanghai.
A pair of siblings barely making a living in a barbershop, a homeless senior that is fluent in English, and a young man that owns a fruit stands. To these individuals, Dongjiadu is their home. This film reflected the ongoing changes taking place in modern China, through the sense of happiness and suffering of these individuals’ daily lives.
There’s no narration, no texts that further assist on its point of view, no interrogations on the individuals while they are on the camera. The film is viewed through the shoes of an innocent bystander, only there to watch, never insert, only to describe, never to judge, and as a result, life is not a fragment or data anymore, life itself is under the spotlight.
Graduated from Beijing Film Acada
纪录片《董家渡》（2006年 中国 60分钟）