“An extraordinary portrait of a generation.” – FilmExplorer
A LONG WAY HOME
Switzerland | 2018 | 73min
A Long Way Home takes us on a fascinating journey into both the grim days of recent Chinese history and the dazzling cultural scene in present-day China.
Directed by award-winning Swiss filmmaker Luc Schaedler (Angry Monk – Reflections on Tibet, Watermarks – Three Letters from China), this fascinating film follows five of the most significant representatives of contemporary Chinese arts: avant-garde visual artists the Gao Brothers, modern-dance choreographer Wen Hui, subversive animator Pi San and poet Ye Fu.
With bravery and subversive wit, they each shed light on the social problems in their country from their unique perspective. What they share is a struggle to come to terms with their respective pasts, all scarred by the violence and oppression that accompanied the democracy movement of 1989. Through their own unique artistic practices these five renowned artists question which values determine our cultural identity, and in what kind of world we wish to live.
“An entertaining and moving plea for human solidarity.” – Filmbulletin
“An impressive film facing the sadness of the past and the headlessness of the present with empathy, fantasy and solidarity.” – Film21
Cracking the Frame
Established in 2011, Cracking the Frame is a monthly program featuring an international selection of theatrically unreleased, critically acclaimed documentary portraits of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.