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From the dGenerate Films Collection
Meishi Street(Mei Shi Jie)
Directed by OU Ning
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MEISHI STREET shows ordinary citizens taking a stand against the planned destruction of their homes for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In order to widen traffic routes for the Olympic Games, the Beijing Municipal Government orders the demolition of entire neighborhoods. Several evictees of Meishi Street, located next to Tiananmen Square, fight through endless red tape and the indifference of fellow citizens for the right to keep their homes. Given video cameras by the filmmakers, they shoot exclusive footage of the eviction process, adding vivid intimacy to their story.

Acclaimed at over two dozen museums and galleries around the world, MEISHI STREET, by renowned visual artist Ou Ning, works as both art and activism, calling worldwide attention to lives being demolished in the name of progress.

Museum of Modern Art Documentary Fortnight
Istanbul Biennial
  

85 minutes
Release: 2012
Copyright: 2006
Sale: $295

Subject areas:
Asia, China, Social Movements, Urban Planning & Design, Urban Studies, dGenerate Films Collection - Documentaries



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