Chinese Documentary Festival 2011

Award Winners



My Fancy High Heels

Ho Chao-ti
Taiwan / 2010 / 55 min
In Mandarin & English with Chi & Eng Subtitles

This is a story about high heels, one that spans from spring, when fresh calfskin is processed meticulously by factory workers, to winter, when the final products are worn by fashionable women in New York. The film follows the birth of high heels from farms at the China-Russia border, all the way to factories in southern China and finally the luxurious shoe stores in New York.

First Runner-up

Cop Shop

Zhou Hao
China / 2011 / 56 min
In Mandarin with Chi & Eng Subtitles

It is by no means easy to film a police station in China, and more so when it comes to the busiest one in Guangzhou - the police post at the train station. The film features what resembles a cross section of society moving in and out of the station, from unpaid workers to petty thieves and scavengers.

Second Runner-up

The Warriors of Qiugang

Ruby Yang
USA / 2009 / 39 min
In Mandarin with Chi & Eng Subtitles

Chang Gong Li, a peasant from Qiugang Village of Anhui Province, started a one-man crusade against a nearby chemical factory that heavily polluted the surrounding areas. It was only after a series of visits to officials and appeals, which resembled a contemporary portrayal of "David and Goliath" that Chang finally managed to get rid of the health hazard.



One Day in May

Ma Zhandong
China / 2011 / 145 min
In Mandarin and Sichuan dialect with Chi & Eng Subtitles

Zhu Xiaorong lost a child in the Sichuan Earthquake in May, 2008. A year went by, from shelters to prefab homes. the family has not had time yet to grief. Much like millions of other quake survivors, what lies beneath people's seemingly calm exterior are confusion, helplessness, reliance yet also distrust of the government.

First Runner-up

The Transition Period 

Zhou Hao
China / 2010 / 114 min
In Mandarin with Chi & Eng Subtitles

There are about 1,500 counties in China, where county secretaries are perhaps the hardest working civil servants: attracting investors to boost local economic growth for their own benefits, while resolving and dissolving any conflicts among different stakeholders. A southern county secretary is going to be transferred in three months and dramatic changes occur in his life.

Second Runner-up

Where should I go?

Li Junhu
China / 2010 / 70 min
In Mandarin with Chi & Eng Subtitles

These are true tales of the peasants: Zhang takes her son with her to work in the city, leaving two daughters behind. Incidentally, the older daughter can't wait to follow in her mother's footsteps. Yang buys her children urban residence permits with the compensation for the death of her husband. Schooling in the city turns out to be so expensive that her older daughter has to drop out and earn her own living while Yang continues to work hard to pay for her younger son's tuition.