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Letter From Xiaobei

Zimu Zhang

Release year: 2017

Run time: 9'05

Film type: Documentary


A woman in Ecuador reads a letter from her Chinese friend, telling her about the city Guangzhou and its special African enclave Xiaobei; she reads about her Chinese friend's fear, reflection and for the most part, connection. It’s a self-inspection, also a microhistory revision. (This film was realized as part of the intervention of the online interactive documentary Kinshasa Collection, which I worked as a researcher, local producer and actress for one of the episodes. More about the project could be found here:


Director biography

Zimu Zhang is an environmental humanities scholar working on visual culture, eco-cinema and ecofeminist arts. She is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Literature and Cultural Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong. She is also an alumna of DocNomads Erasmus Mundus Joint Master in documentary filmmaking (2012-2014) and Berlinale talents (2016).Her films have been featured in international film festivals, art and academic events, such as European Media Art Festival, Doclisboa, Yunfest, China Independent Film Festival, etc. She has curated screening programs for Singapore International film festival, Arkipel Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, Inner Mongolian Film Week and Beijing International Short Film Festival, etc. Together with friends she co-founded Moonshine Screening Project (2017-2019, Guangzhou SJT co-governance space) and Black Tent Theater (2021-, Guangdong Times Museum), focusing on the ecology and sociality of moving image and moving image activities.