THERE’S A STRONG WIND IN BEIJING
dir. Ju Anqi, 1999
50 mins. China.
In Mandarin with English subtitles.
TUESDAY, MAY 1 – 10 PM
WEDNESDAY, MAY 9 – 10 PM
WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 – 7:30 PM – w/intro from Aaron Fox-Lerner, guest programmer and Time Out Beijing film editor!
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Like some unholy combination of avant-garde independent film and Jackass or a YouTube prank video, Ju Anqi’s documentary THERE’S A STRONG WIND IN BEIJING sets a small camera crew loose on late-90s Beijing, barging into any possible public or private space to ask one simple question: “Is the wind in Beijing strong?”
This blunt query coupled with the unexpected presence of cameras spawns a world of responses, while the movie itself, shot on a limited amount of expired film, forms a street-level portrait of a city in transition that’s already practically unrecognizable 20 years later.