Film from the forest

Updated: 2012-02-24 13:25

(China Daily)

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With no previous filmmaking experience, director Yu Guangyi's debut is an astounding work of great insight and honesty.

Timber Gang (2006) follows a crew of loggers into Changbai Mountains in Northeast China as they work under frigid conditions to fell tress. His second film, Survival Song (2008), focuses on a college graduate laid off by the Forestry Department. To survive, he and his family take over an abandoned logging camp. They subsist by herding and trapping until officials demand they move out, so that a new reservoir for nearby Harbin can be built.

The Indie Film Forum presents both films, and the director will attend.

4:30-6:30 pm, Feb 25, 26. UCCA Art Cinema, 798 art zone, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang district, Beijing. 010-5780-0200.