Reel Asian is proud to co-present Yung Chang’s newest documentary China Heavyweight at the Open Roof Festival this summer.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Box office opens @ 7:30PM; Band plays @ 8PM; Film screening at 9PM
Amsterdam Brewery (21 Bathurst Street)
Director Yung Chang
China 2011 | 94 min
Tickets: $15; More info here
Award-winning director Yung Chang takes his camera back to China to follow Qi Moxiang, a charismatic state boxing coach, on a search for raw talent in the village schools and rural tobacco fields of Sichuan province. Those chosen leave the poverty of their farms for training in special schools in the hopes that they’ll turn out to be extraordinary, winning medals and honour for their country. In this observational film, Chang entwines Coach Qi’s desire to fight “one more time” with an intimate portrait of the students’ lives, the rigours of training and the camaraderie as they grow from teenagers to young adults.
Reel Asian screened Yung’s Up the Yangtze in 2008, a moving documentary about Three Gorges Dam, a contested symbol of the Chinese economic miracle and life inside modern China.
*Official Selection – 2012 Sundance International Film Festival
*Official Selection – 2012 Hot Docs
*Official Selection – 2012 LA Asian Pacific Film Festival
The Open Roof Festival will be offering films & movies all summer long from June 21 – August 23, 2012. Check out their entire programming here.