Born in the tumult and immediate aftermath of Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution (1966-’76), the filmmakers of Mainland China’s “Sixth Generation” have witnessed their country’s transformation from a relatively isolated semi-agrarian nation to an international economic force dotted with teeming super-cities. They have responded to these unprecedented times with unprecedented approaches to making movies, frequently working independent of government oversight and bringing a new spirit of formal experimentation to Chinese cinema, all to reflect the true face of the changing country to their fellow citizens and the wider world. Including films by Jia Zhangke, Wang Xiaoshuai, and Zhang Yuan, this program celebrates a generation of filmmakers working to get a better view of the revolutionary change the state has wrought in everyday life.

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