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Dead Souls

Eight hours of stunning cinema from prolific artist and filmmaker Wang Bing, Dead Souls is a deep inquiry into how the Communist Party of China dealt with ideological dissent.

In Gansu Province, northwest China, lie the remains of countless prisoners abandoned in the Gobi Desert 60 years ago, victims of the Communist Party of China's Anti-Rightist Campaign of 1957.

Eight hours long and presented in two parts, Dead Souls is the third chapter in Wang Bing’s investigation into a tragic legacy of the Communist Party. With courage and empathy, this monumental and unique work reconstructs an under-known chapter of Chinese history by providing personal testimony from survivors of the Jiabiangou and Mingshui re-education camps.

This essential yet painful account of modern China is part of a ‘cinema of testimony’ in the vein of Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah, striving to picture the unimaginable and to construct a narrative from almost inconceivable atrocity.

Tagged with: Cinema New releases

France/Switzerland 2018 Dir Bing Wang 495 mins

Run times

Part 1: 11am - 3.09pm

Part 2: 4pm - 8.09pm

Please note there will be lunch and afternoon tea specials available.

Lunch £7
Bloomers, hot drink and snack

Afternon tea £4.50
Cake and hot drink

Reviews

‘It’s a chronicle you’ll want to follow to the bitter end‘
Owen Gleiberman, Variety

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