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River Town

Ma Zhandong

Release year: 2013

Run time: 10 minutes

Film type: Documentary


The disappearance of homeland and the dislocation of memory make us question eternity and the meaning of home. A long-existing lifestyle disappears suddenly and people cannot figure out whether man or the nation will conquer nature through rapid development. We can only believe in a better tomorrow because we have no choice. The last image of our homeland is a broken river and a disappearing town, and it is also the last elegy for our past.


Director biography

Ma Zhandong is an independent documentary producer who has filmed and produced tens of documentary films, long and short. His works have been screened at film festivals in Germany, the Netherlands, Iceland, Denmark, France, Japan and Hong Kong. He has also made short art films and videos. He was interviewed by ARTE in 2009. He served as a final film juror for the 14th Beijing Independent Film Exhibition in China and as a shortlisting juror for the 12th FIRST Youth Film Exhibition.

His work One Day in May won the best documentary award in 2011 at the Chinese Documentary Festival in Hong Kong. Lao Zhao won the Documentary Humanitarian Award at the 12th China Independent Film Festival. Everybody is Nobody won the 33th ATP Award for Excellence in Tokyo).

Now he lives and works in Chengdu, China.