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  • Leap

    Leap

    Something surprisingly interesting is going on here, despite the pressures of censorship. Part one sets up patriarchy, patriotism, and leader worship as expected. Part two gently disassembles these, as if it's sweeping clear a relatively ideology-free space. Completely unexpected.

  • Lost Course

    Lost Course

    My VIFF description: Embedding herself in the village of Wukan, southern China, for several years starting in 2011, first time documentarist Jill Li essayed an unprecedented experiment in local democracy. Corrupt officials had illegally sold villagers’ land, but the villagers decided to fight back.

    The documentary is divided into two halves: the first, "Protests", depicts the grassroots activities of Wukan residents as they work to reverse the land sales and gain a substantial measure of control over their local territory.…