RSS file with home page updates in XML RSS Info divider Bookmark and Share divider email Join our email list! divider cartCart  
Icarus Film
Distributing innovative and
provocative documentary films
from independent producers
around the world
32 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201divider(718) 488 8900
From the dGenerate Films Collection
The Transition Period(Shu Ji)
Directed by ZHOU Hao
 Text Size Increase Font Size Decrease Font Size divider Printable VersionPrintable Version
film still

Filmed with unprecedented access to a Communist Party leader, investigative filmmaker Zhou Hao offers a startlingly candid look inside Chinese politics at the local level.

As Chinese Communist Party secretary, Guo Yongchang was the most powerful man in his county, located in the rural inland province of Henan. Guo invited acclaimed documentary filmmaker Zhou Hao to record his final months in office. Through Zhou's lens, we see Guo work tirelessly to achieve his greatest desire: for Henan to match the affluence of booming coastal areas. Zhou also captures the sordid details of local-level politics in pursuit of growth: lavish parties with foreign investors, threats to local workers protesting unpaid wages, and offers of bribes and kickbacks.

Hailed by international press as an exceptional work of investigative filmmaking, The Transition Period captures the daily life of a Chinese official with incredible ground-level detail. With boastfully candid interviews from Guo and fly-on-the-wall coverage of closed-door dealings, Zhou lays bare the unsavory dynamics within China's top-down power structures. Penetrating in scope yet objective in its approach, The Transition Period reveals the conflicting forces shaping China's path to prosperity.

"A rare, fascinating look at how the Chinese government operates." —The Associated Press

"The film stands out for its realistic and rare first hand records...recommended for any level of audience to get a glimpse of Chinese government officials’ daily lives." —Educational Media Reviews Online

Winner, Best Feature, China Documentary Film Festival
Roma Fiction Fest
Guangzhou Documentary Festival
Iberia Art Center Eyes on the World
  

114 minutes / color/b&w
Mandarin & Henan dialect w/ Eng. subs
Release: 2009
Copyright: 2009
Sale: $295

Subject areas:
Asia, China, Comparative Government, Political Science, dGenerate Films Collection - Documentaries



Related Titles:
The Black and White Milk Cow: A young schoolteacher unknowingly enters a tangled web of politics.

Kapitalism: Our Secret Recipe: Twenty years after Ceausescu, Romanian GDP is low and infrastructure poor. Featuring interviews with the oligarchs who control the Romanian economy, this documentary seeks to find out what happened.

Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square: An artist's personal exploration of China's recent history from the Cultural Revolution through the 1980s, told through a rich collage of original artwork, archival and family photographs, and animation.

Home | New | Titles | Subjects | PDFs | Ordering | Resources | Latest News | Site Map   
About | Closed Captioned | Best Sellers | Study Guides | Filmmakers | RSS | Screenings   
address
  Follow Us! On...
Facebook Follow Icarus Films on Twitter YouTube
Copyright (c) 2016, Icarus Films
Last Updated August 17, 2015
Privacy Policy