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What is Cinema: A Review on the Film, Stratum 2

Cong Feng

Release year: 2019

Run time: 52mins

Film type: Documentary


A few friends in another city collectively watched my movie Stratum 2. Because the film's structure carried strong questions and curiosity, they began impromptu discussions while watching and recorded the audio. I utilized this recording in its entirety as the soundtrack for "What is Cinema: A Review on the Film, Stratum 2" a derivative film. Meanwhile, I employed imagery from two older films to convey the process of watching a film while exploring what constitutes a film.


Director biography

Poet and filmmaker Cong Feng was born in Chengde in 1972. He has previously worked at the National Satellite Meteorology Centre of China and as cultural editor for The International Herald Leader. He has also published two volumes of poetry and taught English to secondary school students. Since 2008, four of his documentaries have screened at the Beijing Independent Film Festival, including the film shot at the school where he taught, The Unfinished History of Life (2010).