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Letter to T: In Nuclearity, We Are Connected

Zimu Zhang

Release year: 2023

Run time: 21’11

Film type: Experimental film


Departing from personal friendship and reflection, this video letter examines the visual complexity and paradoxicality of atomic bomb imagery in China. From 1960s’ military documentary to current days’ fictions with CG effects, a visual trope of the collective “People’s Bomb” was orchestrated against the imperial evil and the wild nature of the gobi desert. Living in the Anthropocene ecological crisis, in nuclearity we may find visceral connections, endurance, disenchantment of and re-politicization of the image.


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.