CNEX DOCUMENTARY NEW RELEASES
2019 Q4 / 90 min / XU Wei-Chao / China / HD
A group of Uyghur children fall behind in their elementary school. They eventually become the school’s “star” pupils though they don’t do homework, sleep during class, and are disruptive. The children still like going to school despite their disinterest in classes—instead they play football as it offers them the scarce joy and freedom, and alleviates academic frustration.
＊Awarded the Gold Award of 2018 Fresh Pitch
In Production / 90 min / ZHAO Liang / China / HD
In the context of contemporary high-advanced technology and totalitarianism, Pandora’s Box presents the predicament of global warming in terms of humanity’s choices about nuclear power.
＊HAF 2019 (The 17th Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum), 2019 Sheffield Meet Market
＊supported by the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program
My Dear Lines
2019 Q4 / 90 min / ZHANG Nan / China / HD
My Dear Lines tells a story of a talented country girl ,Ms. Ji, also a migrate worker who works as a waitress in an art school’s dining hall, living with only USD 100 a month but never surrenders to fate and keeps her belief in art and future. The documentary My Dear Lines reflects how those migrant families survive under the background of globalization and modernization of China.
The struggle in mundane dilemma is a common theme of mankind since Greek
Tragedy times. My Dear Lines established intimate relationship with the main character, following closely with Ms. Ji’s daily life and inner feelings. The film’s style offered viewers the possibilities to enter her floating destiny. With the beautiful lines drawings she created, the inner emotion sequences were beautifully constructed with strong story arch and visualization.
善良而自矜的打工女孩紀鴻雁生長於中國南方一個偏遠山村,很早輟學,十八歲時離家外出, 先後在福州、廣州、上海及北京等地打工。十年後紀喜歡上了畫畫,並發現自己擁有驚人的繪畫天賦。她能夠利用白紙 線深入到潛意識狀態之中作畫,並沉浸其中不能自拔。
The Rocking Sky
2015 / 98 min / CHANG Chao-Wei / Taiwan / HD
In the early days of World War II, during which the Republic of China has suffered immeasurably at the hands of invading Japanese forces. At that time, R.O.C only had 300 combat capable aircrafts while Japanese Air Force had over 2,000. Essentially, “The Rocking Sky” depicts not only the R.O.C pilots' bravery and fate that have already faded away but also mourns for the romance that buried with the only thing worth fighting for at this darkest hour.
＊2015 Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival [Official Selection]
＊2015 China Academy Awards of Documentary Film [Best Editing Award]
2016 / 82 min & 53 min / WANG Jiu-Liang / China / HDV
Laughter of playing children echoes through vast rolling hills of plastic waste. This recycling plant is home to Pen and his daughter Yi Jie, who is desperate for an education, and boss Kun, determined to improve his family’s lot. Over time, one man moves closer to prosperity whilst the other stagnates in poverty. This poetic doc reveals the lives of those on the fringes of global capitalist realities, a far cry from the communist dream.
＊2016 IDFA Special Jury Award for First Appearance
＊2017 Sundance Film Festival [Official Selection]
＊2017 Taipei Golden Horse Awards [Best Film Editing Award]
2017 / 85 min / SHEN Ko-Shang / Taiwan / HD
The film focuses on daily conversations between eight couples. In their trivial dialogues of love, husband and wife question each other on topics ranging from sex, parenting, housework division, problems with their mother-in-law, and even dullness of marital life. The conversations reflect the authenticity of characters’ conditions of living, exploring the depth of intimate relationship in marriage while at the same time shedding a dim light on the significance of happiness.
＊The First Prize at the 2007 CCDF
＊The 11th Chinese Documentary Festival Second Prize
＊FIRST International Film Festival [Official Selection]
2018 / 90 min / ZHANG Nan / China / HD
A young Chinese folk singer leaves his hometown for the big city, only to find himself slowly returning to his roots. On this journey, his humour, anger and powerful folk songs all grow from the soil and dust of his deserted hometown.
＊The 47th International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Jan. Nominated for the NETPAC Award IFFR 2018
＊The 21st Shanghai International Film Festival, China, Jun.
＊The 14th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival, Korea, Aug.
＊The 15th EBS International Documentary Film Festival, Korea, Aug.
＊2018 LA Film Festiva, USA, Sep.
＊2018 DC Chinese Film Festival, and nominated for Best Documentary Feature, U.S.A, Sep
＊Won the 2018 Best Documentary Award for Golden Silk Road Media Honor
＊Official selection of the "golden cotton" unit of 2018 China (GuangZhou) international documentary festival
＊Won the 2018 Best Documentary Feature for 8th China Academy Awards of Documentary Film
＊2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
＊2018 Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
＊2017 CCDF 7TH CNEX CHINESE DOC FORUM Tokyo Docs Prize
China’s Forgotten Daughter
2018 / 70 min / Vincent DU、HAN Meng / China / HD
Cai Fengxia, who has been looking for her birth parents for 12 years, is fortunate enough to find her parents through a NGO that helps people to reunite using DNA match technique. Unfortunately, due to cultural and language differences, Cai Fengxia feels disappointed after the reunion dinner at her birth parents’ home. The situation is not what she expected. Cai Fengxia and her adopted father travel to meet her biological parents in Chinese New Year 2017. How will Cai Fengxia handle this new family relationship? Cai Fengxia’s story is about love and confession.
My Home Was My Castle
2018 / 83 min / WU Jiangxin / China / HD
Gao Lao’s house has been forcibly demolished. He tries to bring a case against the local government, but the court refused to take the case. Gao Lao then begins to travel from place to place in order to help others in a similar situation. In the process of all this ‘rights defense,’ Zhongshan Road evictees Ah Zhi, Ah Mei and Pepper become his most devoted followers. However, despite Gao’s help, the administrative cases they put together fail, putting Gao’s expertise into question, causing the ‘rights defenders team’ to fracture …
＊2013 CNEX Annual Theme Project and won the Best Pitch Prize at the CCDF
＊Selected for IDFA Forum
＊Received funding from the NHK and Danmarks Radio
＊2017 International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam
＊2018 Taipei Golden Horse Awards, Nomination
＊2018 West Lake International Documentary Festival
2017 / 88 min / PAN Zhi-Qi / China / HD
Thirty years ago, Su left hometown with his girlfriend Qin. They did part-time jobs in the city. In 2010, they came to Hangzhou. They set up a ramshackle restaurant next to a construction site on 24th street, but of course he neglected to obtain a permit, and the plot they occupied was faced with starting, the authorities sent him and the other illegal dwellers away constantly. Su then decides to go back home to the countryside, where his wife and children, along with Qin's family, still live. After being away for 30 years, how will Su be faced with his family and completely different hometown？
＊Göteborg Film Festival
＊FIRST International Film Festival
＊DC Chinese FilmFestival
2018 / 74 min / Tracy DONG / China / HD
A director with a real Cultural Revolution complex, named Ye Jing. Attempts to bring 13 young actors back to the Cultural Revolution by taking them to a firearms factory in a village in Sichuan without the possibility of having any contact from the outside world – just like an anthropological experiment. These 13 young actor must wear clothes and listen to music from the period everyday. When one of the actor asks for leave, a great struggle ensues. It would appear that these actors have gone through some quite astonishing changes during their time together.
Dance on the square
2017 / 90 min / KANG Shiwei / China / HD
The documentary DANCE ON THE SQUARE tells the story of the 3 heroes who dance on the square from the period Cultural Revolution to today.They are old enough now. The story is about the 3 old people to realize their last dream of life. reflecting the huge impact of the dramatically political changes on people's spiritual aspirations through nearly 50 years of dance changes on the Chinese square.
三個主人公在文革時期都跳過忠字舞, 同時也是今天廣場舞的參與者。74歲還能倒立的周先生, 找到初戀女友, 並將當年分手時給她畫的畫像交給她; 婚姻瀕臨破裂, 每日照顧高齡老父親的熊先生, 70歲的他, 每日去跳廣場舞紓解心裡壓力; 紅衛兵團長63歲的尹女士, 從一開始對文革極左的傾向, 到最後悔恨當年的幼稚, 不斷努力下, 實現了到美國洛杉磯進行舞蹈演出的夢想。本片通過廣場舞將他們串聯, 將廣場上舞蹈的變化作為中國近50年歷史變革的戲劇縮影。
From Ink to Apparel
EP1：2016 / 11 min / Kassey C.M. HUANG / Taiwan / HD
EP2：2017 / 11 min / WAN Pai-Chyi / Taiwan / HD
EP3：2018 / 12 min / WAN Pai-Chyi / Taiwan / HD
In 2016, From Ink to Apparel-A Crossover between Calligraphy Art, Interior Design and Fashion was rocking the art scene in Taipei. From Ink to Apparel was constructed by the most celebrated calligraphy artist TONG Yang-Tze and is planned to run five calligraphy exhibitions that challenged existing boundary of fashion design in consecutive five years. Setting off from Taiwan, TONG Yang-Tze joined with Chinese fashion designers to demonstrate to the world the amazing possibilities and heritage inherent in calligraphy, the most ancient of Chinese art forms. The series is the documentary behind the scene of the exhibitions.
2017、2018 / 9 x 30 min SERIES / Leo Chiang, Miao Wang, Violet Du Feng, Zhang Nan / China, UK / HD
Delve into the lives and inspirations of modern China in this nine-part documentary series. In each episode we engage with a different millennial entrepreneur as they discuss their ventures – from gourmet cuisine to contemporary art, computer animation to online gaming. Capitalizing on a wealth of opportunity that their parents’ generation never had, these creatives give us a fresh perspective on contemporary China.
「China Next」系列集結了9部各30分鐘的紀錄短片，引領大家深入探索現代中國的生命力及創造力。每集各邀請一位千禧年代創業家進行交流，詳述他們的冒險和事業 ─ 從美食創作到當代藝術，從電腦動畫到線上遊戲。這一代的中國年輕人享有其父母未曾擁有的豐沛資源與機會，得以將他們具有創意性的嶄新觀點注入在當代中國社會和文化中。
＊The Best Pitch Prize at the 2017 CCDF
＊2016 Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival [Best Pitch]
＊2016 Sheffield Doc/Fest [Official Select]
Bank in School
2019 Q3 / 60-90 min / Maso CHEN / Taiwan / HD
“How much are you worth?” This is the question addressed to the students of Wenlin Elementary School in Taiwan. The school set up a banking system in an attempt to motivate its students to study harder and to actively participate in school works with money reward. This is unorthodox in Asian value.
When the elementary school teachers become “employers” and the pupils are paid according to their performance with “Wenlin Dollar”, what will become of education?
The filmmaker has followed the experiment for two years, the film seeks to demonstrate how this implementation of monetary system will shape the concept of “value” and “price” in the minds of the pupils, teachers and parents.
Mirror Mirror On The Wall
2019 Q4 / 90 min / Sascha Schoebert / China & Germany / HD
A plastic surgeon and self-proclaimed artist seizes the spotlight for daring plastic-surgery performances. “Mirror, Mirror” is a tale about vanity and loneliness; an investigation into our beauty-obsessed world, putting selfie culture on the operating table and calling into question the impact this is having on us all – both as individuals and society.
＊2016 participant of Crossing Borders
＊2017 Sheffield Meet Market
＊Awardee of 2018 Whicker’s Film and TV Funding Award
＊Tencent GUYU The Most International Potential Award at CCDF 8
＊Awardee of 2017 Shanxia Documentary Lab
＊Docedge Kolkata Award at DPI 2017
Where The Peach Is In Bloom
2019 Q4 / 90 min / JIANG Chun-Hua / China / HD
The Story of WHERE THE PEACH IS IN BLOOM takes place in a Chinese juvenile reform school with strict rules and a harsh punishment system. 11-year-old Wenjun is the youngest in the school. He craves for power because he fears to be bullied. Leigong is the student head. He has a crush on Chanjuan, not knowing what is waiting for him ahead. Instructor Zhou falls in love with a girl while investigating students’ love affairs.
In a place where snitching is encouraged, how could love and friendship survive and thrive?
In Production / 90 min / Pan zhiqi / China / HD
This is a story about love and redemption. Ms. Hu, who lives in Shi Ba Ti, built a flowery garden with a pile of garbage. She hopes to redeem herself and her son suffered from depression in this way.
A Lama & A Merchant
In Production / 90 min / KANG Shi Wei / China / HD
Sonam was born with a romantic personality, spiritually-led to dedicate to Tibetan Buddhism. He entered Serthar Buddhist Academy, the biggest Buddhist Academy in the world at the age of six, and vowed there to be a monk for life. In the Academy, Sonam has created many beautiful poems about life and death, spirituality and the Buddhist practice. The poems are also his venue to express desires and freedom he’s now allowed to have.
As China changes rapidly, his brief encounters with the profit-driven mainstream society have planted seeds of disturbance in his life. The Han taxi drivers are not even friendly with lama monks because of fear. No publishing house wants to publish his poems because they are too angry or metaphysical, with no “positive energies”. His brother and sister die of the same disease, where neither science nor gods could help. And he also struggles with a temptation for romance as his childhood sweetheart persists to express love to him.
HaoteHaote · Youth
In Production / 90 min / GU Tao / China / HD
Filmed in Hohhot, the largest city in Inner Mongolia, the film captures the inter-mingling of ethnic culture and modernization, vividly embodied by the lives and struggles of three youngsters.
In Production / 90 min / ZHAO Liang / China / HD
This documentary will illustrate the spectacles of production of food in China, the mega scale animal farms, as well as high-tech utilities.
＊2018 Golden Harvest Awards Best Documentary
＊2018 Taiwan International Queer Film Festival
2017 / 70 min / Elvis Lu / Taiwan / HD
Defiant towards massive condemnation and denunciation in the society, a heterosexual female pastor founded Taiwan’s first LGBT-affirming church in May 1996. For LGBT Christians, who had been rejected by the Christian community for a long time, this church finally provided them with a safe haven. Today, while the founder has passed away, the church members continue to make their voice heard. They struggle in the conflicts of the religion and confront the unjust social institution at the same time. Despite the price paid, they strive to make a difference in others’ lives with their own life stories, hoping that one day…love will eventually eliminate hostility and misunderstanding.
2015/ 59min / 韓忠翰, 伍心瑜, 王振宇, 許婉鈴 / Taiwan / HD
Chi and Kai are two teenagers who spent their youth in prison. After they are released, what would their lives be like? Several obstacles lie ahead of them – how to adapt themselves to their new lives, rebuild the relationships with their family and make a living by themselves. It’s easy to break down a tangible wall, but can they break an invisible one?
＊2015 Taipei Film Festival Best Documentary nominated
＊2016 Golden Harvest Awards
2018/ 31min / Kang-Ling Lee / Taiwan / HD
In 1949, after WWII, a group of people followed Chiang Kai-shek to Taiwan due to the civil war. They lived together in a place called “Danshen tuiyuan sushe (Single Veteran Dormitory)”. They believed that they could return soon, but the survivors live there to this day. However, their spirits drift on the narrow yet deep Taiwan Strait with questions; Are their parents, wives and children in their home still alive? When cross-strait visits were finally allowed, they found their answers. Some answers brought joy, some brought tears…It was a migration, pulled by the tide of the era. This is a story of those who are fading away. On the footsteps of a person carrying cremated remains of old veterans back home, we witness the despair and serenity of the era.
2016/ 78min / Lin Huan-wen / Taiwan / HD
Taichung Jianguo Market opened in 1972. Many owners have been operating there for half a century. To make way for the expansion of Taichung's train station, the shops have to move to the new Jianguo Market. Aside from feeling a sense of loss, they also have to face the issue of reallocation and smaller shop space.
＊2017 Chinese Documentary Festival