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Zhu Rikun

Release year: 2014

Run time: 129 mins

Film type: Documentary

Synopsis

Tsering Woeser, the subject of Chinese filmmaker Zhu Rikun’s documentary, is a Tibetan writer now based in Beijing. Through her writing and online voice, she has become one of the most eloquent voices on Tibet. Zhu Rikun’s sharply designed, formally innovative documentary is completely in Woeser’s own voice: Zhu alternates formally photographed scenes of Woeser reading excerpts from her secret government “dossier” (which she has somehow gained access to) with scenes of her speaking in her own soft but powerful, eloquent, passionate voice. Woeser’s moving account of her political awakening and current activism makes for a powerful document of a Tibetan woman finding her voice and insisting on her freedom to use it.

 

Director biography

Born in 1976 in Guangdong, of Hakka descent, Zhu Rikun studied finance at Peking University's Guanghua School of Management from 1996 to 2000. In 2001, he founded Fanhall Films (Fanhall.com, Fanhall Art Centre), focusing on independent film production, distribution, and exhibition. He has produced and distributed milestone works in Chinese independent cinema. In 2003, he founded the China Documentary Film Festival. From 2006 to 2012, Zhu Rikun served as the artistic director of the Li Xianting Film Fund, continuing to organize the China Documentary Film Festival and the Beijing Independent Film Forum, which later merged into the Beijing Independent Film Festival (BIFF). He has served as a jury member at various film festivals, including the Locarno International Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, St. Petersburg Message to Man, Seoul Digital Film Festival, and Rome Asian Film Festival. He has also been a visiting researcher at Keio University in Japan and a visiting curator at the Burns Film Center in New York, USA. Zhu Rikun has edited two books, "Cinematic Impulse" and "Independent Records," both focusing on Chinese independent cinema and documentary films.