Asian Cinema Fund 2018
- Script Development Fund
- Production Support Fund
- Post-Production Fund
- Asian Network of Documentary(AND) Fund
- ACF Showcase
- AND Programs
2009 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund
New Castle is a remote rural village where houses and mountains have been distorted due to excessive mining. Under the “New Village” campaign, all the villagers will be moved into the nearly completed Luxury Buildings. The documentary depicts the life of two groups of people, miners and villagers. The miners who are from all over the country, lost their jobs because of the Olympic Games in Beijing – the mine was shut down to make the air less polluted. The villagers had no better luck. Granny Fan lost two sons and two grandsons in a mining accident. Old Han and Old Wang are still farming. Some youngsters are gambling in the house of Han Bin, who was crippled in another mining accident. In the film, you can also see the village election, the service of local Christians, and people worshipping for a better year to come.
I worked in there and went back to visit in 2007. When I thought about those poor peasants about to move into the new buildings, I couldn’t help wondering if the new homes would indeed bring them happiness. Is the government’s narrative of a prosperous society consistent with how people really feel? Some people lost their home due to the government’s decision, some people destroyed their homes for a living without knowing it, and some people had to leave their home to make a living. Where is home when the society rushes to the ideal of urbanization and uproots the traditional rural society? I wanted to film their daily work and life to show the living situations of contemporary rural people.