Fan Jian is a documentarian who focuses on Chinese social issues through character-driven storytelling. He has directed six feature-length documentary films, most recently Still Tomorrow, winner of a Special Jury Award at IDFA 2016. His films The Next Life (2011) follows a working-class couple lost their only child in the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake. When the earthquake hit, Zhu, the father, tried to rescue his beloved daughter from the rubble but failed, plunging the couple’s happy life into darkness and uncertainty. The sequel, a short entitled A Second Child (2019) records how the same couple struggle to recover from the painful past.
When talking about the film and the time he spent with the couple, Fan Jian said, “The long-term mental health damage to disaster survivors is equally as severe as the physical and economic damage to environment and society. This issue requires our immediate attention.”
These screenings form a part of Earth in Crisis Chinese Eco-documentary UK Tour curated by the Chinese Independent Film Network UK and sponsored by UK Arts and Humanities Research Council. The tour showcases a series of Chinese Eco-documentary films foregrounding the growing ecological emergency facing our planet and aims to encourage the discussion of such topics as sustainable development, anthropogenic climate change and human-environment relationships in the UK.
Join us for the opportunity to see The Next Life and A Second Child and also to meet the film director.
Date: Monday 11 November 2019
Location: Screening room (G.04), 50 George Square, EH8 9JU
18:00 – 19:30: Film Screening: The next life (2011)
19:30 – 20:00: Drinks Reception
20:00-20:30: Film Screening: A second child (2019)
Tickets are free and can be secured by booking from HERE.