Farmer's harvest of reality (4)

10:47, June 10, 2010      

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Limited audience

In China, the distribution of independent documentaries has long been a headache for professional filmmakers. "Although the genre was nurtured for 20 years, its marketing channels are limited," Zheng Qiong, president of the Beijing Channel Zero Media, the main documentary distributor in China, told the Global Times. While a few were telecast and distributed on DVDs, a great number of films could only be downloaded from the Internet or physically sent.

However, none of the four filmmakers were worried about this. Jia and Shao said they never thought of ways to access a larger audience. Neither did Zhang, who is keen on winning awards. "I have no idea about distribution. It's beyond me," said Wang Wei.

Project initiator Wu Wenguang is openly against distribution. "Those interested can go to film festivals or visit our workstation. I don't want to complicate the villagers' motivation to continue filming, which should be simple and natural," Wu told the Global Times.

"I've examined society and people with a camera for years. I was fed up, so I gave up. However, images of these villagers reminded me that we can restart at the base point and overturn the myth of technology," said the veteran filmmaker.
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