Indie Lens Storycast
Inspired by Jeff Chang’s acclaimed collection of essays, this series asks the questions: why and how did we become so divided? What can we do now to be alright?
A Chinese-born filmmaker reflects on the personal ramifications of the political ideals of communism and socialism.
Senior producer in the governmental public institute INA in Paris, Sylvie Blum first produced feature films, then switched to documentary films for television, primarily dealing with contemporary arts and society. She has also directed several films on Latin America, dance, and literature.
Chinese filmmaker Zhao Liang grew up in Dandong, near the border with North Korea, when the socialist countries were allies. However, as China started trading with capitalist South Korea in the 1990s, North Korea branded China as an enemy. Reflecting on recent history while trying to assess how things have changed since his youth, the filmmaker returns to Dandong, where he talks to a former resident of North Korea and ventures across an old railway bridge leading into Pyongyang for a brief covert tour of China’s former friendly neighbor.