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Self-Portrait: Dancing at 47 KM

Zhang Mengqi

Release year: 2012

Run time: 77 mins

Film type: Documentary


I went back to 47 KM again this winter and continued to research the people who went hungry in the village. Who were they? What did they go through? Is there anyone who still remembers them? My research concentrated on those who perished during the “three famine years”. I did a series of ridiculous moves in the village. The third film in my “Self-Portrait” series emerged out of this.


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.