Skip to content

In the Place of Exile

Wen Hai

Release year: 2019

Run time: 175 min

Film type: Documentary


This is a review of exile. For more than a decade, Wen Hai has travelled in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, the United States, Europe, and Turkey, filming exiled artists, politicians, and refugees. This film depicts the situation and resistance of these exiles in the era of globalization.


Director biography

Wen Hai studied at the Beijing Film Academy and has since 2001 been active as an independent film director. Among his best known films are Floating Dust (2004), which won the Prix Georges Beauregard at the 16th Festival International du Documentaire in Marseille in 2005; Dream Walking (2006), awarded the Grand Prize at the 2006 Cinéma du Réel; and the film We, which won the Horizons Special Mention award at the 2008 Venice International Film Festival. Wen Hai also worked as a camera man on WangBing's film Three Sisters (2012). His 2016 book The Gaze of Exile: Witnessing Chinese Independent Documentary Films (放逐的凝视——见证中国独立纪录片)is published in Taipei by Tendency.