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Born in Beijing

Ma Li

Release year: 2011

Run time: 223 mins

Film type: Documentary


Director Ma Li devoted six years to documenting the petitioners’ village in Beijing. With DV camera in hand, she talked heart-to-heart with petitioners from all over the country. She captured this world, known by so few yet closely related to our own, in depth. A unique work.


Director biography

Ma Li is an independent documentary filmmaker living in Beijing. In 2011, Ma made Born in Beijing after having followed homeless petitioners for six years. In 2017, she finished Inmates, the last of her "Human Being's Dilemma" trilogy.