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A Marble Travelogue

Sean Ali Wang

Release year: 2021

Run time: 99mins

Film type: Documentary


A Marble Travelogue takes a perspective that transcends individual experiences, following a piece of Greek white marble to witness its journey through the stone and tourism industries in Greece and China. It observes how the marble undergoes transportation, transformation, appropriation, and deconstruction along the supply chain, spiraling upward in China. Through this odyssey of mechanical replication in the age of globalization, it depicts the food chain and the myriad forms of life in the late stage of globalization, looking back at a bygone era when China surged ahead in material abundance.


Director biography

Sean Ali Wang is a Hui-Chinese documentary film director, cinematographer and editor born in 1991 and grew up in Beijing. After graduated from Communication University of China for BA and Beijing Film Academy for his first MA, he has been a freelance filmmaker for years. Currently he is majoring in Fine Art for his second MA in University of the Arts Utrecht, Netherlands. His debut feature-length documentary film Lady of the Harbour had its world premiere at IDFA 2017. His second documentary film A Marble Travelogue was premiered at IDFA 2021 and won the Best Documentary Award at Reykjavík IFF and Duhok IFF and Jury Award in WIP section of Pingyao IFF. It was also selected at more than 40 international film festivals including Visions du Reel, CPH:DOX, Hotdocs, Melbourne IFF, Art of the Real Lincoln Center, DMZ, Thessaloniki and Hainan Island IFF etc. It was broadcasted on broadcasters such as ARTE, NHK, ERT, RTS, KBS and was theatrically released in Spain. Yuguo Wang was born in Chengde, Hebei Province, China in 1964. He has been a international news corespondent for 20 years for CCTV.

Director's statement

Lady of the Harbour and A Marble Travelogue are two films I directed focusing on stories between China and Europe. A Marble Travelogue takes a broader perspective, focusing on the movement of objects in the context of globalization. I aim to visually and aurally present to the audience what China's deep engagement in the globalized system looks and sounds like, from the micro to the macro scale. Within this intricate system, how power is transferred, culture is appropriated, and individuals are entangled will be explored. At the end of the marble's journey through various transformations, the COVID-19 pandemic and the new era summarize this grand voyage between Europe and Asia into a nostalgic reflection.