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The Transition Period

Zhou Hao

Release year: 2009

Run time: 108 mins

Film type: Documentary


In recent years, most officials in China mainland are confronted with two major problems: how to attract investment and facilitate the local economy; and how to dissolve various social contradictions accompanying modernization and development. This film narrates stories that happen in the course of three months before a secretary of the Chinese Communist Party on the County Committee leaves his post.


Director biography

Zhou Hao is a documentary filmmaker who has worked as a journalist for more than a decade, producing documentaries since 2001. Zhou’s works have won awards and been screened at film festivals around the world more than a hundred times. His 2014 film, Cotton, won Best Documentary at the 51st Golden Horse Film Festival. Zhou’s 2015 film, The Chinese Mayor, won the Special Jury Award for Unparalleled Access at the 31st Sundance Film Festival, as well as Best Documentary at the 9th Asian Film Awards, and won Zhou the Best Documentary award for the second time in a row at the 52nd Golden Horse Film Festival. In 2020, he was invited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to join the Oscar voters.