J.P. Sniadecki

J.P. Sniadecki is a filmmaker and media anthropologist whose work explores collective experience, sensory ethnography, and the possibilities of cinema. His award-winning films have screened at festivals such as the Berlinale, Locarno, New York Film Festival, American Film Institute, the Viennale, BAFICI, Ambulante, HOTDOCS, Torino, San Francisco International Film Festival, the Beijing Independent Film Festival, as well as the

Guggenheim and the MoMA in New York, the MAC in Vienna, the UCCA in Beijing, the 2014 Whitney Biennale, the 2014 Shenzhen Biennale, and the 2014 Shanghai Biennale. He currently teaches in the Documentary Media MFA program at Northwestern University.

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"For over a decade now, Sniadecki has been living and working itinerantly in China, producing a unique body of films concerned with the political and cultural implications of his chosen medium. His films, mostly observational documentaries influenced equally by contemporary Chinese mixed-media and the European ethnographic movement of yesteryear, are serene, highly tactile excavations of far-flung locales. But in forgoing the temptation to exploit the exotic elements of his surroundings, Sniadecki has quietly painted a portrait of modern day China as a diverse, demanding, and ever-evolving country, one occasionally at odds with its historical, industrial, and sociological makeup, yet nonetheless alive with cultural nuance and endurance." —Fandor


Filmed over three years on what will soon be the world's largest railway network, traces the vast interiors of China on the move.

J.P. Sniadecki | 2015 | 83 minutes | Color | English; Mandarin | English subtitles