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The Day of Reckoning

Xu Xing

Release year: 2018

Run time: 65 mins

Film type: Documentary


The documentary film by Beijing author and filmmaker Xu Xing shows the love story of a married couple against the backdrop of China's political events since 1949. Xing wants to use the couple's personal fate to give expression to the history of a nation and preserve for posterity the part of the narrative that is not taken into account in the official version of the Chinese state.


Director biography

Xu Xing, born 1956 in Beijing, started his career as a novelist and writer. His publication Variation Without a Theme won him accolades at the Beijing University Art Festival and international acclaim and awards such as the Tucholsky Prize for Foreign Literature (Pen International) and “Order of the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” from the French Ministry of Culture for his translated work.

He has held fellowships and author-in-residence positions in Germany, France and the US. After turning to filmmaking, his documentaries were selected for film festivals garnering awards from Korea and the Awards Forum for Independent Documentary (AIF). His work has been widely shown in the US at Harvard, Yale & Columbia, and in Europe at Berlin, Rome & Aix-en-Provence a.o.