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Yumen

DIR: Xiang Huang, Xu Ruotao, J. P. Sniadecki
2013 / China, United States / 65 min

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Set in the quasi-ghost town of Yumen that once thrived with oil production in China's arid northwest, YUMEN is a haunting, fragmented tale of hungry souls, restless youth, a wandering artist and a lonely woman, all searching for human connection and a collective past among the town's crumbling landscape. One part "ruin porn", one part ghost story, and shot entirely on 16mm, the film brings together narrative gesture, performance art, and socialist realism into a crude and radiant collage that not only plays with convention and defies genre, but also pays homage to a disappearing life-world and a fading medium.

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Director Xiang Huang, Xu Ruotao, J. P. Sniadecki
Screenplay Xu Ruotao, J.P. Sniadecki, Huang Xiang
Dir. of Photography J.P. Sniadecki, Huang Xiang
Editing J.P. Sniadecki, Xu Ruotao, Huang Xiang
Music
Sound J.P. Sniadecki, Huang Xiang, Ernst Karel
Duration 65 min
Year 2013
Country China, United States
Colour Colour
Tags energy resources, memory, observational, poetic
Production Sensory Ethnography Lab
Sensory Ethnography Lab
Country:  United States
Web:  sel.fas.harvard.edu/
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