In 2008, local authorities evicted 2,000 villagers from Guanzhou, a peninsula in southern China, to design new urban projects. Despite the demolition of their homes and police pressure, a handful of residents returned to the peninsula. For seven years, Boris Svartzman filmed their battle to save their ancestral land, from the ruins of the village where nature is slowly reclaiming its rights to the construction sites of the big city, which is moving inexorably in their direction.
A poignant and honest film, which testifies, with formal simplicity and political audacity, to the temporal dissonance of which urban development is the conductor.
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Boris Svartzman is an Argentinean and French photographer and director. As a graduate of Chinese and Sociology, he spent over ten years living in China. He is now finishing his Phd in visual anthropology based on the field research of his debut film A New Era. Since the beginning of the millenium, Boris has documented the social consequences of urbanisation in China. His principal series of photographs, Tabula rasa and Disrupted China, were exhibited in several festivals, notably in Visa pour l'image, Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Architecture Museum of Stockholm. For a decade he has filmed the resistance of residents of one Chinese village faced with the urbanisation of their land, the subject of his first documentary.