Scene from the film The Private Life of Fenfen
Scene from the film The Private Life of Fenfen
Scene from the film The Private Life of Fenfen
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The Private Life of Fenfen

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The Private Life of Fenfen is a documentary film experiment that tells its tragic love story as a video installation. In 2007, the filmmaker gave Fenfen—a feisty young migrant worker in southern China—a video camera with which to start filming her epic video diary. In the film, however, fragments of Fenfen's video life—constructed out of over 100 hours of footage—are broadcast "live" on TV in various migrant worker locations across China. Inside cheap restaurants, hole-in-the-wall cigarette shops, and alley hair salons, everyone is watching Fenfen and consuming her real life as would-be entertainment.


  • Original title
    The Private Life of Fenfen
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Leslie Tai
  • DOP
    Leslie Tai
  • Editing
    Leslie Tai
  • Music
    Phillip Agrusa, Claus Muzak
  • Sound
    Dan Olmsted
  • Duration
    28 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • United States
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2013
    • MoMA | Documentary Fortnight 2014: MoMA's International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media
    • CAAMFest 2014 (San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival) is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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