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Xu Xin

Release year: 2012

Run time: 113 mins

Film type: Documentary


The story of Zheng Yan, an 83-year-old People’s Liberation Army veteran who, despite being born to a rich family in a foreign concession, joined the Chinese Communist Party in 1941 because he was a true believer in its socialist, anti-imperialist project. In this film, Zheng narrates how he has navigated China’s turbulent history over the course of his life.


Director biography

Xu Xin was born in Taizhou, Jiangsu Province, in 1966. He is an independent documentary filmmaker based in Beijing and Nanjing. In his early years, he experimented with oil paintings and photography. His documentaries focus on marginalized communities in China.