One Eightieth of Zhang Tianyi
Directed by Shuhan Fan
When Zhang Tianyi, a 25-year-old Mao Zedong fan, graduates from the most prestigious law school in China in 2014, he is one of 8 million young Chinese who are competing for new jobs in Beijing. To stand out, Zhang Tianyi makes an outrageous career choice: He opens a small restaurant to sell rice noodles in the style of his hometown in Hunan. But people walk into his restaurant not because of the food, but because of the star that he is. The bombastic iconoclast has attracted more than half a million social media followers by promoting his philosophy, and branding himself as the “Great Leader” of this communist economic kingdom. This controversial character with his unconventional success is a manifestation of the conflicts and struggles in China’s millennial generation.
Shuhan Fan is a Chinese female documentary filmmaker and a recent graduate from Northwestern University. Her creative vision is to use colorful, graphic, and quirky imagery to blend mundane social activities into metaphorical expressions.
Director: Shuhan Fan
Cinematographers: Shuhan Fan, Miasarah Lai
Shorts Programs / 111 minsThese films all differ in themes, but they are here because they make you want to say “WTF” after watching. Not because they are bad, but because you may be shocked, angry or too emotional after viewing. — Ariel Du