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There are many steps to achieving the new Chinese dream. At the bottom is a job market in which the lucky ones get a job where sitting down is allowed; above that, there is boot-camp-style training for joining mega-corporations. From there, one can keep on climbing towards more wealth, prestige, and luxury. Filmmaker Jessica Kingdon (director of the excellent short Commodity City) closely examines the great industrial revolution in China, where every day, workers manufacture millions of pipes, water bottles, phones, sex dolls, and MAGA hats, while millions of people are learning the correct ways to smile, nod, and recite affirmations promised to guarantee their success. This industrial revolution has two types of conveyor belts: one for products—and one for people.

Previous Festivals: Tribeca

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Screening Schedule:
  • Sat 03.07 | 12:30 | Cinematheque 4
  • Wed 07.07 | 18:30 | Cinematheque 4
  • Watch online | The film will be available from July 1st until July 10th

New York-based Jessica Kingdon is a Chinese-American director/producer named one of “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine and selected for the 2020 DOC NYC “40 Under 40” list. Her award-winning short COMMODITY CITY (2017) is an observational documentary about the world’s largest wholesale mall in Yiwu, China. It was shortlisted for a Cinema Eye Honor and has played at over 50 film festivals including Rotterdam, True/False and Sheffield. She co-directed the short IT'S COMING! (2020), which was supported by Rooftop Films, and is currently playing festivals, and ROUTINE ISLAND (2019), which is included in The Eyeslicer Season 2. Jessica’s producer credits include Tania Cypriano’s BORN TO BE (NYFF 2019), Ian Bell’s 808: HOW WE RESPOND (Sheffield 2019), Nathan Truesdell’s THE WATER SLIDE (True/False 2018), and Johnny Ma’s OLD STONE (Berlinale 2016). She is a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective.

Production: Kira Simon-Kennedy, Jessica Kingdon, Nathan Truesdell
Production Company: Mouth Numbing Spicy Crab LLC
Cinematography: Jessica Kingdon, Nathan Truesdell
Music: Dan Deacon