TA'ANG

by Wang Bing
TA'ANG - TA'ANG

Informations

Nation: Hong Kong, France

Year: 2016

Length: 147'

34° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

Section:

Synopsis

In early 2015, the territory of the Burmese ethnic minority Ta’ang, on the border between Burma and China, was the theatre of a harsh civil war. The clash compelled thousands of children, women and elderly people onto Chinese soil. A forced banishment everyone hopes will soon be transformed into a memory. [mp]

Director

Wang Bing

Wang Bing

Wang Bing (Xi’an, China, 1967) studied photography at the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in 1992 and filmmaking at the Beijing Film Academy in 1995. In 1999, he began his career as an independent filmmaker, a career marked by the number and strong political stance of his films. His documentaries have been presented at the world’s top festivals, including Cinéma du réel, DocLisboa, FIDMarseille, Rotterdam, Cannes and Venice. In 2007, at Cannes, he presented Fengming, a Chinese Memoir out of competition, and in 2010 he participated in competition in Venice with The Ditch, his first fiction film. He won the Venice Horizons section in 2013 with ’Til Madness Do Us Part and in 2016, with Bitter Money, he won Best Screenplay in Horizons section again. 

Filmography:
Tie xi qu (West of the Tracks, doc., 1999-2003), Baoli gongchang (Brutality Factory, cm, doc., 2007), He fengming (Fengming, a Chinese Memoir, doc., 2007), Yuan You (Crude Oil, doc., 2008), Tong dao (Coal Money, mm, doc., 2008), Jia bian gou (The Ditch, 2010), San zimei (Three Sisters, doc., 2012), Gudu (Alone, 2012), Feng ai (’Til Madness Do Us Part, doc., 2013), Fu yu zi (Father and Son, mm, doc., 2014), Yizhi (Traces, cm, doc., 2014), Deang (Ta’ang, doc., 2016), Ku Kian (Bitter Money, doc., 2016).

Cast and Credits

regia/director
Wang Bing
fotografia/cinematography
Shan Xiaohui, Wang Bing
montaggio/film editing
Adam Kerby, Wang Bing
suono/sound
Emmanuel Soland
produttori/producers
Mao Hui, Wang Yang
produzione/production
Chinese Shadows, Wil Productions
coproduttori/coproducers
Wang Jia, Francesca Feder, Danièle Palau


contatti/contacts
Asian Shadows
Anne-Sophie Lehec
anne@chineseshadows.com
www.chineseshadows.com

Director statement

“We filmed life in the two refugee camps of Maidihe and Chachang, which were sheltering around four thousand and two thousand refugees. Living conditions and camp locations are constantly changing due to overcrowding, with many people camping by the roadside. Many refugees are staying with relatives or friends in the small villages along the border. Most of them are doing odd jobs for local Chinese farmers, to make enough money to get by, usually helping with the sugar-cane harvest. We filmed several Ta’ang and Dai women living in Chachang camp, including Jin Xiaoman and Jin Xiaoda who had come across the border into China with their children and old folk from their villages.”

Synopsis Learn more

In early 2015, the territory of the Burmese ethnic minority Ta’ang, on the border between Burma and China, was the theatre of a harsh civil war. The clash compelled thousands of children, women and elderly people onto Chinese soil. A forced banishment everyone hopes will soon be transformed into a memory. [mp]

Director All about direction

Wang Bing

Wang Bing

Wang Bing (Xi’an, China, 1967) studied photography at the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in 1992 and filmmaking at the Beijing Film Academy in 1995. In 1999, he began his career as an independent filmmaker, a career marked by the number and strong political stance of his films. His documentaries have been presented at the world’s top festivals, including Cinéma du réel, DocLisboa, FIDMarseille, Rotterdam, Cannes and Venice. In 2007, at Cannes, he presented Fengming, a Chinese Memoir out of competition, and in 2010 he participated in competition in Venice with The Ditch, his first fiction film. He won the Venice Horizons section in 2013 with ’Til Madness Do Us Part and in 2016, with Bitter Money, he won Best Screenplay in Horizons section again. 

Filmography:
Tie xi qu (West of the Tracks, doc., 1999-2003), Baoli gongchang (Brutality Factory, cm, doc., 2007), He fengming (Fengming, a Chinese Memoir, doc., 2007), Yuan You (Crude Oil, doc., 2008), Tong dao (Coal Money, mm, doc., 2008), Jia bian gou (The Ditch, 2010), San zimei (Three Sisters, doc., 2012), Gudu (Alone, 2012), Feng ai (’Til Madness Do Us Part, doc., 2013), Fu yu zi (Father and Son, mm, doc., 2014), Yizhi (Traces, cm, doc., 2014), Deang (Ta’ang, doc., 2016), Ku Kian (Bitter Money, doc., 2016).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia/director
Wang Bing
fotografia/cinematography
Shan Xiaohui, Wang Bing
montaggio/film editing
Adam Kerby, Wang Bing
suono/sound
Emmanuel Soland
produttori/producers
Mao Hui, Wang Yang
produzione/production
Chinese Shadows, Wil Productions
coproduttori/coproducers
Wang Jia, Francesca Feder, Danièle Palau


contatti/contacts
Asian Shadows
Anne-Sophie Lehec
anne@chineseshadows.com
www.chineseshadows.com

Director statement Read more

“We filmed life in the two refugee camps of Maidihe and Chachang, which were sheltering around four thousand and two thousand refugees. Living conditions and camp locations are constantly changing due to overcrowding, with many people camping by the roadside. Many refugees are staying with relatives or friends in the small villages along the border. Most of them are doing odd jobs for local Chinese farmers, to make enough money to get by, usually helping with the sugar-cane harvest. We filmed several Ta’ang and Dai women living in Chachang camp, including Jin Xiaoman and Jin Xiaoda who had come across the border into China with their children and old folk from their villages.”