Asian Cinema Fund 2018

2012 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund

Project Running in the City
Category DongSeuo Asia Fund
Project Running in the City
Director FAN Jian
Country China
Director's Profile FAN Jian graduated from Beijing Film Academy. In 2006, his documentary film on Chinese migrant workers, Dancing in The City, was selected by the IDFA. In 2008, his film Taxi was among the Top Ten Documentaries at the China Independent Film Festival (CIFF) and the film was invited to Hong Kong Asian Film Festival and OXDOX. His next film The Next Life records the arduous efforts to have another child by a couple who lost their only daughter in Sichuan Earthquake of 2008. A co-production with NHK & AJE, The Next Life was an official selection of the competition sections of IDFA 2011 and had won the Jury Prize of Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival 2011. His new project, Running in The City, was selected in Berlinale Talent Campus 2012.
Running in The City is a story about rebellion. Chen Jun is a migrant worker in Beijing. His family has made a living with a contracted vegetable field over 15 years. Chen has opened a child center providing books and toys for other migrant workers’ children. However, because of Beijing's urban expansion, the village committee took back Chen’s land and sold it. The compensation was too low and he can not resettle. Now Chen refuses to move out of the area and the village committee has started harassing Chen’s family. However, Chen has not given up and keeps fighting back. He has videotaped the fights and posted them on sinablog. He requests the government disclose information about public land acquisition according to the law. What he want is not only money, but to be treated as a human being. It has been more than one year since the electricity and water were cut off, how long can the family last?
Director's Note
There are more than 240 million migrant workers in China. They are not acknowledged as urban residents due to China's household registration. Chen Jun’s fight is not only for himself, but also for all migrant workers. I got to know Chen in 2004 and we became very good friends. He wants his story to be told in documentary and he will grant me rights to all of his video footage to me. During the shooting, I was impressed by Chen’s strong sense of civic responsibility and was deeply moved by his family’s perseverance and warmth.
The 20th Busan International Film Festival Wide Angle - Documentary Showcase
(*Title has changed to My Land)

Oct 4 | 11:00 | CGV Centum City 7
Oct 6 | 10:00 | Lotte Cinema Centum City 2
Oct 9 | 17:00 | Lotte Cinema Centum City 7
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