Born in Beijing
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.
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.