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Oxhide I

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Director: Jiayin Liu, Jiayin Liu
2005 / 110min / DCP

A key work in the 21st-century boom of Chinese independent documentaries, Liu’s totally assured debut offers a privileged glimpse into everyday life as lived by one working-class Chinese family crowded into a Beijing apartment. The disarming intimacy is explained by the fact that the family is Liu’s own, while the 23-year-old director plays herself in this deft nonfiction-narrative hybrid, which in 23 static shots confined completely to the apartment manages to encompass some vast truths about family life.

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