28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
director: Ai Weiwei
original title: Coronation
running time: 113 min.
synopsisThe bureaucratic machinery of the Chinese political system quickly and effectively slowed the spread of coronavirus early in the crisis, but at the cost of more rigorous control and restriction of the rights of the citizens. The film raises the question whether it is more important to preserve personal freedom of individuals during a pandemic or health of the whole society. The raw footage, secretly filmed by amateur cameramen, shows the reality of life in the closed city of Wuhan, its desolate streets and strictly guarded medical facilities. To what extent can the state interfere in the lives of its citizens when a global humanitarian disaster is at stake?
“I am very pessimistic about what we will learn from this. I think that things will return to normal, people will simply take off their masks and throw them away into the rubbish bin.” Ai Weiwei
biographyAi Weiwei (1957) is an award-winning Chinese contemporary artist, filmmaker, and civil activist. He studied animation at the Beijing Film Academy and, after studying in New York, founded the avant-garde art group Beijing East Village in China and worked on several significant art, literary and architectural projects. After four years spent under house arrest, he moved to Berlin in 2015, where he opened his own studio. In his work, he uses a wide range of media from sculpture to film to social media.
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