China's 3 Dreams
Filmmaker Nick Torrens will be present for a panel discussion after the screening
Shot over eleven years around China’s western metropolis of Chongqing, this film explores how China’s policies affect the lives and wellbeing of its people, especially the common dreams that drive their values and aspirations. Young people such as Lei, ‘the searcher’, who runs a tea-house in an old part of town, are caught between a doctored history taught at school and the reluctance of their grandparents to dwell on the social tragedies of China’s past, which continue to deeply and subtly define the present. Drawing on archival footage and firsthand interviews with those who survived the turbulent decades of the cultural revolution, far from the political centres of Beijing and Shanghai, China’s 3 Dreams premiered with two sold out sessions during the Sydney Film Festival in June this year.The screening will be followed by a short discussion with the director Nick Torrens.
This film is part of the Season Three Asia and the Pacific Screens: Survival Politics, sponsored by the Australian Centre on China in the World.
Directed by Nick Torrens
2014, 84 mins
In Mandarin Chinese and English, with English Subtitles