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Directed by Jessica Kingdon

USA | Documentary | 98

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Wielding an inquisitive camera and crafting a kaleidoscope of vignettes, Jessica Kingdon’s debut feature film is a visceral exploration of contemporary China’s identity and the paradoxes of economic progress. Deftly observing factory workers create everything from binoculars to sex dolls, the film tracks the collective pursuit of professional success in a communist society. With pathos and humor, Kingdon captures the intense physical demands, aggressive corporate policies, and creative collaboration that fuel the ever-expanding labor force of the People’s Republic of China. The filmmaker leaves you to ponder the costs of commodification while also shining a light on the resiliency of the human spirit.

Director Jessica Kingdon

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) was shortlisted for a Cinema Eye Honor and has played at over 50 film festivals. Jessica’s producer credits include Tania Cypriano’s Born to Be (2019), Ian Bell’s 808: How We Respond (2019), Nathan Truesdell’s The Water Slide (2018), and Johnny Ma’s Old Stone (2016). Jessica’s recent feature debut, Ascension, premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary.

Film Details

Language Mandarin

Year 2021

Premiere Bay Area

Runtime 98

Country USA, China

Director Jessica Kingdon

Executive Producer Ryan Kampe, David Dolby, Natasha Dolby, Kathryn Everett, Bryn Mooser, Tony Hsieh

Producer Kira Simon-Kennedy, Jessica Kingdon, Nathan Truesdell

Editor Jessica Kingdon

Cinematographer Jessica Kingdon, Nathan Truesdell

Music Dan Deacon