(Wang Bing, 2018, France/Switzerland, 505 minutes + two 30-minute intermissions)
Wang Bing, the Chinese documentarian behind Three Sisters and ‘Til Madness Do Us Part, often makes documentaries without permission from the state and here tackles the topic of Communist China’s anti-rightist campaign of 1957, wherein an untold number of people starved to death in the Jiabiangou and Mingshui reeducation camps in Northwest China. Dead Souls is made up of interviews with the survivors of these camps, bringing you into the firsthand experience of living through them. Upon its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last year Dead Souls garnered rapturous reviews, with Variety comparing it to the most esteemed of documentaries, Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah, in not only length but quality. Think of its duration as plane travel for the mind; the longer you sit still in the theatre, the further moved you’ll be when you eventually emerge.
In Mandarin with English subtitles.
Concessions available from vending machines, and a limited number of boxed lunches from The Art of Entertaining will be available for purchase.
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Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 12:00pm to 10:30pm
Winifred Moore Auditorium
470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119