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Encounter with a Chinese artist, who documents China’s forgotten history

  • Duration: 76’, Ratio: 16/9, Format: HD, Available Versions: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Greek
  • Written and directed by: Rita Andreetti, Producers: Rita Andreetti, Matteo Bosi
  • Director of Photography: Micro Sgarzi, Sound: Emanuela Cotellessa, Editing: Fabio Bianchini Pepegna;
  • Associate Producers: Marco Alessi, Giulia Achilli, Micro Sgarzi
  • Production Company: Cronos Film, Dugong Films – Distribution: ICTV
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Hu Jie is now 60 years old. Son of military, he joined the army at age 19 and became a simple soldier, a mechanic, a student of painting at the School of Fine Arts of the Army … until he left the Army and became a documentary filmmaker. Over the years, his works has given voice to the forgotten of History, through a huge body of work far from any television stereotypes: real archives, true testimonies of the life of Chinese wrestling with the events of the second half of the twentieth century.

A recognized but discrete figure of Chinese independent cinema, this self-taught documentary maker and pioneer of Chinese audiovisual historical research allows us to discover his humanity and his social commitment under the benevolent eyes of Rita Andreetti, a young Italian film critic, herself an independent documentary filmmaker, in search of Chinese identity.

Inspired by a tenacity and the inner strength of Hu Jie himself, the documentary tells, supported by few excerpts from his works, how his prolific filmic activity has recently turned into a more intimate pictorial production. Although under an increasing pressure, Hu Jie continues today, tirelessly, to fight for the truth in which he believes and has always believed.