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Self-Portrait: Birth at 47 KM

Zhang Mengqi

Release year: 2016

Run time: 101 mins

Film type: Documentary


The film is the sixth film in my "Self-Portrait" series. It's also the sixth film I made in the village where I have spent six winters filming. This film features stories told by two women, one older, the other younger. Their stories are about “giving birth” and “how to live”.


Director biography

Zhang Mengqi was born in 1987. She graduated from the Dance Academy of China’s Minorities University in 2008. Since 2009, she has been a resident artist at CCD Workstation. She makes documentary films: Self-portrait with Three Women (2010), Self-Portrait: At 47 KM (2011), Self-portrait: Dancing at 47 KM (2012), Self-portrait: Dreaming at 47 km (2013), Self-portrait: Bridging at 47 KM (2014), Self-portrait: Dying at 47 KM (2015), Self-portrait: Born in 47 KM (2016), and Self-portrait: Sphinx in 47 KM (2017), her “Self-Portrait” series.