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"Last Days in Shibati" documentary to be screened in Baku

02 November 2018 [18:15] - TODAY.AZ

By Azernews

By Laman Ismayilova

The Festival of Cultural Heritage "Fantaziya" is taking place in Azerbaijan's capital on November 1-10 as part of the Year of Cultural Heritage in Europe.

The Embassy of France in Azerbaijan and Institut Français d’Azerbaïdjan invites you to enjoy a documentary "The Last Days in Shibati" by Hendrick Dusollier on November 4 as part of the festival.

In the Chinese city of Chongqing, only one old neighborhood, Shibati, has survived the government’s drive to demolish and rebuild. But not for long: here too, the narrow alleyways are being replaced by vast shopping centers. To document what will soon have disappeared for good, filmmaker Hendrick Dusollier spends several months in the neighborhood. Initially he's viewed with suspicion, with the locals regularly asking him, "Why to film shabby Shibati when just 100 meters away you could find far more positive images to show?" But eventually he befriends two extraordinary people: Zhou Hong, a curious boy who dreams of one day visiting the nearby Moonlight City Mall; and Mrs. Xue Lian, a sprightly old lady who is a beacon of optimism and openness despite the fact she has to leave her "house of dreams", as she says. Assisted by these local guides, the film paints a moving portrait of a rapidly changing world, where slums are making way for gleaming high-rises, and traditions are equally being dismantled without compunction. 

The film won numerous prizes at international various festivals including Cinéma du Réel Festival, special award at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam and other festivals.

Hendrick Dusolliera is a graduate of the University of Sorbonne and National School of Decorative Arts of Paris. His debut film "Obras" (2005), dedicated to the deconstruction of the old quarter inBarcelona, was awarded prizes at thirty festivals.

His next work "Babylon" (2010) - an allegory of what shocks Facing modern China. In "The Last Days of Shibati" Dusolliera traces the destruction of the quarter of Chongqing - the last working quarter in China, bearing historical value.

The movie will be screened in Landmark CineClub in Cantonese language with English subtitles and the entrance will be free of charge. The film screening starts at 18:30.

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