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Self-Portrait: 47 KM 2020

Zhang Mengqi

Release year: 2023

Run time: 190 mins

Film type: Documentary


This is the 10th film in my documentary series "47 KM."  In 2020, the sudden outbreak of COVID-19 swept the globe with panic and death, keeping the whole world hostage in fear and isolation. 220 kilometers from Wuhan, China, villagers in 47KM lived through the turmoil guided by ancestral prophecies and lifestyle, continuing their ordinary existence in those extraordinary times.


Director biography

Zhang Mengqi was born in 1987. Filmmaker and choreographer, a founding member of the Folk Memory Project. Mengqi has made 11 feature-length documentaries, known as “Self-Portrait series”. Her films have been selected by BFI London Film Festival, Cinéma du Réel, Visions du Réel, etc. Her films Won the “White Goose Award” in DMZ International Documentary Film Festival; “BIFF Mecenat Award” in Busan International Film Festival; “The Jean Vigo prize for best Director”; “The Youth prize for best film”in Punto de Vista and “Best Feature Film” in Festival internacional de cine independiente de cosquín; “International Competition Award of Excellence” in Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. Her choreographic work was performed in Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis(France), ImPuls Tanz (Austria), Eurokaz(Croatia), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm(Germany) .