Before the Flood
Directors: Li Yifan, Yan Yu
The Three Gorges Dam will become world's largest when completed in 2009. This powerful, epic cinematic poem incisively captures the surging waves of time through the changing circumstances of people and towns whose futures lie beneath a deluge of water.
9.16(Sat) 17:20 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.29(Fri) 12:30 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
10.20(Fri) 18:30 @Athenee Francais Cultural Center
Last House Standing
CHINA/2004/Chinese/Color, B&W
Directors: Gan Chao, Liang Zi
SINGAPORE/2004/English, Chinese, others
Color, B&W/Video/27min

Directors: Gek Li San, Ho Choon Hiong
In Last House Standing, Mr. Jiang has watched over Shanghai through the years. As a young tomboyish lodger staying at his soon-to-be-demolished house questions him, his remarkable life gradually unfolds. In Innocent, the director first found out about her aunt's suicide at the funeral. Discovering the truth by reading between the lines of relatives' testimonies, a sense of stagnation in Singapore seeps through.
10.11(Wed) 15:00 @Athenee Francais Cultural Center
10.14(Sat) 16:00 @Athenee Francais Cultural Center
Try to Remember
Director: Zhong Jian
As he travels with his mother to her home village, the director, at the height of his youth, records his mother’s childhood recollections of the Cultural Revolution.
10.11(Wed) 17:00 @Athenee Francais Cultural Center
10.19(Thu) 19:00 @Athenee Francais Cultural Center
White Tower
Director: Su Qing, Mi Na
The very first of its kind in China, this human drama of love and marriage revolves around deaf women and men. Their vibrant exchange in sign language creates a dynamism faster than sonic velocity.
10.11(Wed) 19:00 @Athenee Francais Cultural Center
10.20(Fri) 16:30 @Athenee Francais Cultural Center
Blossoming in the Wind
CHINA/2004/Tibetan, Chinese/Color/Video/60min
Director: Sun Yueling
Chen Lu
CHINA/2004/Chinese/Color, B&W/Video/29min
Director: Lin Xin
Blossoming in the Wind shows us a blissful journey by young Tibetan monks, their disciples and the director through snow-covered sacred mountains. Animals and human beings, all are full of life. Chen Lu in China is a town famous for ceramics. People’s faces when talking about their town, the landscape and the beauty of the ceramics are portrayed with artistic elegance.
10.14(Sat) 18:00 @Athenee Francais Cultural Center
10.20(Fri) 14:30 @Athenee Francais Cultural Center
Tie Xi Qu: West of Tracks
Part I 240min/Part II 175min/Part III 130min
Director, Photography, Editing: Wang Bing
The Tie Xi district in Shenyang in northeast China was established during the Japanese occupation and transformed into a highly populated industrial area. This unusually long-form documentary, taking us on a tour of this now decaying area, spreads over nine hours and three parts entitled Rust, Remnants, and Rails. Factories and towns become ruins, people are buffeted by change, and time ebbs away. An extraordinary documentary that puts the realities facing Chinese society into stark relief, through an exclusive and extended exploration of the region.
9.25(Mon) 12:30 Part I @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.25(Mon) 17:05 Part II @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.25(Mon) 20:35 Part III @Polepole Higashinakano theater

Presented by Cinamatrix
Co-presented by Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival Organizing Committee, Athenee Francais Cultural Center, The Film School of Tokyo, Polepole Higashinakano

With support from the Agency for Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho)