26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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A Thousand Year Stage

director: Daphne Xu
original title: 千年舞台
country: China, United States, Canada
year: 2020
running time: 35 min.


A Thousand-Year Stage (2020) features local residents and migrant workers in Xiongan New Area, a region in Hebei, China slated to become a megacity, as they await its transformation. The film moves between Baigou Station and the construction site of “Asia’s largest train station”, Xiongan Station.


Daphne Xu (1992) is a Chinese Canadian artist and filmmaker exploring the politics and poetics of place through moving image. With a background in anthropology and city planning, her practice engages observations of the everyday and affective experiences of contested landscapes, particularly in the context of rapid urban change in China. She is currently Film Study Center Fellow at Harvard University and is producing her next film within the Sensory Ethnography Lab.

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director: Daphne Xu
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