The Folk Memory Project – Filmography (2010-2014)

The Folk Memory Project (FMP) is a multidisciplinary memory initiative launched in 2010 by filmmaker Wu Wenguang and choreographer Wen Hui at the Caochangdi Workstation (Beijing). Its main purpose is to produce textual and visual records of the historical experience of rural populations, especially during the Great Leap famine. This table presents the completed documentaries of the artists in residence participating in the FMP, as well as works of other filmmakers produced in the frame of this project. It also provides links to full-length written interviews transcripts of protagonists recorded during the shooting of these documentaries.

This filmography is the first attempt to provide a full list of films made within the project, and it has been compiled with the help of Caochangdi Workstation’s artists in residence.

Judith Pernin

FilmmakerOriginal title International titleYearMin.DescriptionRelated interviews on the Great famine:
Wu Wenguang 吳文光 Zhiliao 治療Treatment201080After his mother's death, Wu Wenguang decides to sort his personal and historical memories.
Zhang Mengqi 章夢奇Zihuaxiang he san ge nüren 自畫像和三個女人Self-Portrait with Three Women 201070Zhang Mengqi mixes stage performances and documentary sequences to reflect on her childhood as well her mother's and grandmother's youth.
Zou Xueping 鄒雪平Ji'e de cunzi 飢餓的村子The Starving Village201076In this first return to her village in Shandong province, Zou Xueping starts to get accointed with elders who tell her about their past.
Jia Nannan 賈楠楠Jia Fukui de dongtian 賈夫奎的冬天My Grandpa’s Winter 201130Jia Nannan visits his isolated grandfather and films the way he copes during harsh winters.The Great Leap Forward: Li Guotai, see
Li Xinmin 李新民Huidao Huamulin 回到花木林Back to Huamulin 201175Li Xinmin's first return to her village in Yunnan province. Alongside interviews with some village elders, the film reveals the filmmaker's family and their views on her film project. The Cultural Revolution: Luo Juying, see; Tan Youqi, see; The Great Leap Forward: Long Qiugu; Zhou Jianying; Ouyang Taogu; Liu Xiangying; Tan Youqi
Luo Bing 羅兵Luojiawu: wo he Ren Dingqi 羅家屋:我和任定其Luo Village: I and Ren Dingqi201180In his home village in Hunan province, Luo Bing meets an intriguing neighbour, Ren Dingqi, who wrote a very long autobiography.
Wen Hui 文慧Ting San Nainai jiang guoqu de shiqing 聽三奶奶講過去的事情Listening to Third Grandmother's Story 201175In front of Wen Hui's camera, Su Meiling tells us about growing up in a well-off Yunnan family.The Land Reform: Su Meiling et,,,
Zhang Mengqi 章夢奇Zihuaxiang: 47 gongli 自畫像:47公裡Self-portrait: at 47 km 201177In her first return to her father's native village in Hubei, Zhang Mengqi tries to bond with the inhabitants and starts colecting interviews about the Great famine. The Great Leap Forward: Li Xintian; Zou Jinping; Li Yutian
Zou Xueping 鄒雪平Chi bao de cunzi 吃飽的村子Satiated Village 201188In this second installment, Zou Xueping shows her first documentary to the villagers and explores the array of reactions on this small community.The Cultural revolution: Liu Bocheng, see; Tan Guizhen; Zhang Nianhe; Jia Zhenwen; Tang Dongying; The Great Leap Forward: Mo Defang; The Great Leap Forward: Ou Renji; Li Yinzhen; Wu Yumei; Huang Meide; Wang Jisheng; Jia Zhijie; Yang Guanya; Li Yuanqin; Long Tianjian; Long Tianyuan; Yang Guangyue; Yan Daru; Xiao Kaihan
Jia Zhitan 賈之坦Yi da san fan zai baiyun “一打三反”在白雲Revolution in Baiyun Village 201280Jia Zhitan investigates the One Strike-Three Anti campaign in his village.
Li Xinmin 李新民Huamulin 2012 花木林 2012Huamulin 2012201275The Cultural Revolution: Xu Qingming, see
Luo Bing 羅兵Luojiawu: tiandi wu qing 羅家屋:天地無情Luo Village: Pitiless Earth and Sky 201275During Luo Bing's second return to his village, Ren Dingqi finally accepts to showhim his memoirs. The Cultural Revolution: Chan Zailian, see; Xie Lide; Luo Yunbi; Shu Degao (Land reform); The Great Leap Forward: Shu Qingyou; Shu Qingliang; The Land reform: Shu Qingyou
Shu Qiao 舒僑Shuangjing, wo shi ni de sunzi 雙井,我是你的孫子Shuangjing Village, I’m Your Grandson 201278Shu Qiao takes his camera back to his Hunan village to find out about the local history. His grandfather helps him and introduces him to other key villagers.The Great Leap Forward: Liu Xiude
Wang Hai'an 王海安Jingong Zhanggao cun 進攻張高村Attacking Zhanggao Village 201286Wang Hai'an's first return to his home village in Shandong province, where he starts collecting villagers' memories.The Cultural Revolution: Zhang Mingying, see; Li Guiting, see; The Great Leap Forward: Li Guiting; Four Clean-ups movement: Shu Jiaqing; Li Guiting; Ding Zuxin; Land reform: Shu Jiaqing
Zhang Mengqi 章夢奇Zihuaxiang: 47 gongli tiaowu 自畫像:47公裡跳舞Self-portrait: Dancing at 47 KM 201277Zhang Mengqi's efforts are starting to pay in this film, as she attracts more attention from villagers for her oral history project.
Zou Xueping 鄒雪平Haizi de cunzi 孩子的村子Children’s Village 201285Zou Xueping continues to interview old people in her village, this time with the help of local children. They start collecting names and money to erect a memorial for the victims of the famine.The Cultural Revolution: Guo Xueliang, see
Guo Rui 郭睿Yeye de jihuang 爺爺的飢荒Grandfather, great famine2013Guo Rui investigate on her Grandfather's past, interrogating other villagers about his role and his actions during the Great famine.
Hu Tao 胡濤Shan Ga La 山旮旯Old People and My Village 201370The Great Leap forward: Tian Hongzhen
Jia Zhitan 賈之坦Wo yao dang renmin daibiao 我要當人民代表I Want to Be a People’s Representative 201378The Great Leap Forward: Li Chunfang; The Land Reform: Li Wenshuang
Li Xinmin 李新民Huamulin,xiaoqiang ah xiaoqiang 花木林,小強啊小強Huamulin, Boy Xiaoqiang 201376In this film, Li Xinmin focuses on Xiaoqiang, a young boy, and continues to interview villagers about their memories.The Cultural Revolution: Tan Duisheng, see
Luo Bing 羅兵Luojiawu: yongbie luojiang qiao 羅家屋:永別落江橋Luojia Village: Farewell, Luojiang Bridge 201373In this opus, Luo Bing focuses more on current issues affecting his village, especially the building of a road.
Shu Qiao 舒僑Shuangjing, wo yao jia gei ni 雙井,我要嫁給你Shuangjing Village, I Want to Marry You201374A detailed account of family life during the famine forms the backbone of this film otherwise focusing on current rural life, and featuring an explosive final interview with an old couple and their son.
Wang Hai'an 王海安Xinyang Zhanggao cun 信仰張高村Believing in Zhanggao Village 201371Wang Hai'an explores the complex relationship between faith and people's outlook on life and history in Zhanggao village.The Great Leap Forward: Qi Binghong
Wu Wenguang 吳文光Diaocha: 1949 nian de fuqin 調查: 1949年的父親Investigating: My Father in 1949201360
Wu Wenguang 吳文光Yinwei Ji’e:Wu Riji Zhi Yi 因為飢餓:吳日記之1Because of Hunger: Diary I by Wu 201390The Cultural Revolution: Chen Xinmin, see; Ma Guangxue; The Four Clean-ups movement: Zhou Chengyou; Chen Xinmin; Xia Changying; Land reform: Li Guiting
Zhang Mengqi 章夢奇Zihuaxiang: 47 gongli zuomeng 自畫像:47公裡做夢Self-portrait: Dreaming at 47 km201377Zhang Mengqi sets out to open a public library in the village, thanks to local children and donations. Onsite performed sequences alternate with her interaction with villagers.The Cultural Revolution: Zou Dengchang, see; The Great Leap Forward: Zhang Xirong
Zou Xueping 鄒雪平Laji de cunzi 垃圾的村子 Trash Village201382Environmental issues in the village, especially a massive garbage problem prompt Zou Xueping and the local children to act together.
Wang Hai'an 王海安Shige Zhanggaocun 詩歌張高村Poeming Zhanggao Village 201470The Cultural Revolution: Wu Yanyi, see; Wu Yanqia; The Great Leap Forward: Wu Yanyi; Land reform: Wu Yanqia; Wu Yanyi
Ye Zuyi 叶祖艺Shisui 拾穗The Gleaners201494In this docu-fiction film, Ye Zuyi interviews old people about the famine in Guangdong province. Trailer : Land Reform Ye Xinji
Zhang Mengqi 章夢奇Zihuaxiang: sishiqi gongli jiaqiao 自畫像:47公裡架橋Self-portrait: The Bridge at 47 km201477Zhang Mengqi brings the local kids to play over a small bridge.
Guo Rui 郭睿Heliu he nüren de yinchang 河流與女人的吟唱The Rivers and Sisterhood201472This film focuses on various local female figures and their outlook on past and current issues.
Li Xinmin 李新民Huamulin zhi bei 花木林之碑Huamulin zhi bei201470Li Xinmin films the process of erecting a memorial in her mountain village.
Shu Qiao 舒僑Shuangjing, wo shi tanzi 雙井,我是癱子Shuangjing Village, I’m a paralyzed person 201478Shu Qiao focuses on a very supportive character who appeared many times in his previous films and happens to be handicapped.
Wu Wenguang 吳文光Diaocha Fuqin - Dang'anjuan 調查父親——檔案卷Diaocha Fuqin - Dang'anjuan201430
Zhang Ping 張蘋 Gui jia 歸鄉Losing Home201439
Zou Xueping 鄒雪平Shazi de cunzi 傻子的村子Shazi de cunzi201480
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