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The Bimo Records, documentary film review

27 July 2008

Director: Yang Rui
Producer: Zhuang Tiantian
Length/Year: 91 min/2006

“The other side of the Mountain” is a review by Alice Wang, current translator for artforum.com.cn, contributor to theBeijinger, and film and documentary buff.


This  observational film by Yang Rui and produced by Zhuang Tiantian focuses on the lives of three Bimo clergy of the Yi people, one of the ethnic minorities living in the Da Liangshan Mountains of China. In this remote landscape, festivals and religious traditions remain an integral part of Yi life, and the Bimo clergy conduct rituals that bridge the worlds between mortals and ghosts. The old ways seem safe here, shrouded in the mist, but assimilation and modernity are eroding the traditional ways.

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documentary film review: BingAi

6 June 2008

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Like a Kernel of Corn… a review of director Feng Yan’s non-fictional account of a strong-willed female farmer and a close up look at policy and subsistence farming in Hubei. A million thanks to Alice Wang for her article! Alice is a literary translator and currently editor of art forum’s Chinese site. Her contribution to sinopop is much appreciated, for English readers interested in the film, read a review here on variety.com.

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