Document Film Festival I Want To Be A People's Representative
Sat 21 October 2017
I Want To Be A People's Representative
Can a documentary camera be a tool for democracy in China? Jia Zhitan certainly thinks so, and wields his camera like an anti-bureaucratic weapon. Jia, a member of Caochangdi’s influential Villagers Documentary Project (organizer Wu Wenguang has been training local villagers to use digital video cameras to record their participation in ultra-local politics), wants to run to be a delegate to the National People’s Congress. He wins the first round, but is deemed unqualified by officials for reasons they keep to themselves. As the irrepressibly scrappy and stubborn Jia seeks explanations and redress from ever higher levels of authority, he records their interactions scenes that would play as entertaining satiric comedy if they weren’t so frustratingly real.
Part of the cancelled 11th Annual Beijing Independent Film Festival.
Jia Zhitan | China | 2013 | 1hr 18m
Part of Document Festival 2017
8pm, £4 (£3) + £1 booking fee, Cinema
Book online / 0141 352 4900