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Kunming, Yunnan: The Land Where Documentaries Begin To Dawn

TSUCHIMOTO Noriaki Translator: Michael TSANG


In this series of interconnected four essays translated by Michael Tsang, documentary director Tsuchimoto Noriaki reflects on his experience as an invited guest at the 2005 Yunnan Multi Culture Visual Festival (Yunfest). In particular, he considers the particular position of Yunfest and Yunnan within the ecology of Chinese independent filmmaking; the experience of screening his documentary On the Road at the festival; the specific culture of Yunfest as an event, from networking to informal exhibition practices; the relationship between Japanese and Chinese documentary filmmaking; and what it was like talking to a class of ethnic minority visual anthropology students at the Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences.