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River of Forgetting

Ai Xiaoming

Release year: 2010

Run time: 91 mins

Film type: Documentary


"River of Forgetfulness" - Ai Xiaoming's Sichuan Earthquake Memorial / Documentary Series Part Four The River of Forgetfulness is a boundary between the realms of yin and yang, where departed souls undergo reincarnation, leaving behind all memories of the past. After Tan Zuoren's arrest, on the eve of the 5/12 anniversary memorial, volunteer Xie Yihui and I returned to Beichuan. We visited some of the parents of the deceased students we had previously interviewed, searching for those who had knowledge of the construction plans for Beichuan Middle School. The following day, we witnessed the lively atmosphere before the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Beichuan Middle School and the spectacular sight of 200,000 people flooding into Beichuan.


Director biography

A feminist professor at Sun Yat-Sen (Zhongshan) University, the Director of the Comparative Literature Section in the Department of Chinese, and the Program Leader of the Sex/Gender Education Forum. She has also worked as a translator and director for the Chinese version of the performance 'The Vagina Monologues.' Additionally, she has collaborated with Hu Jie on documentaries such as 'Taishi Village,' 'Painting for the Revolution - Peasant Paintings from Hu County, China,' 'White Rainbow,' and 'The Vagina Monologues: Stories from China.' The latter was selected for the Women’s Film Festival organized by City University of New York as a side event of the United Nations' 49th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.