The Village Self-Governance(2005)自己的村子

The Folk Memory Project

Voices from China’s 700,000 villages might have always been low, but when a number of those 900 million Chinese villagers start to point their cameras to their home villages and force you to discard your preconceptions and stereotypes with their stories, you cannot fail to recognize the power of documentary films in its most plain and coarse form.  This documentary film tells the story of how ten Chinese villagers become DV story tellers of their home villages in this unprecedented DV project.

Launched in 2005, the China Villager Documentary Project is initiated and implemented byCaochangdi Workstation where is an independent art space in Beijing. Ten villagers based in nine different provinces were selected at the end of the project’s Call for Proposal. The ten successful candidates each received a video camera and production trainings at Caochangdi and went back to their home villages for a month to shoot their proposed films. They came back to Caochangdi in December 2005 to complete the postproduction editing for their first documentary shorts. During the years of 2006 and 2007, Caochangdi Workstation continued the project independently by organizing three post-production training workshops (May 2006, May 2007, October 2007) at Caochangdi for selected villager filmmakers. By the end of 2007, four of the ten filmmakers have completed their first feature-length documentary films. As part of a larger project that shall carry on in future years, all the three films share the same title: My Village 2006.

Language: Chinese (English and Chinese subtitles)

Curator: WU Wenguang

Coordinator: JIAN Yi

95 minutes;   Produced in December 2005

《村民影像计划》,2005年开始,有十个村民,分别来自九个省的十个村子,经由他们同意,选择了这十位在北京的草场地工作站开始给他们做简单的培训。一个月后,他们回到村子开始自己拍摄短纪录片,以他们村子里的“村民自治”作为拍摄题目,内容包括了村民自治包括村委会的选举、村里的大大小小事物的讨论与解决等等,比如由一个采石场引发的矛盾(呈现这一内容的片名为《采石场》),还有一位北京居住于顺义的女性拍摄的纪录片《我拍我的村子》,里面也涉及到她眼中的村务,包括土地分配,村民对土地的诉求、愿望、抱怨,用“农村老大妈”的方式阐述她的日常生活。

项目主持吴文光导演的话:

这个计划于2005年初开始,当时给了村民摄像机后,那种紧紧抓住它不想放弃的动作,让我记忆非常深。于是我和他们商量这个事情完了后,愿不愿意再拍?他们都说愿意。这个项目本身是没有赞助的,但是我们会给村民提供录像带,他们拍了后可以再到北京来剪辑,我们提供住吃的,还包括剪辑的设备。在这一反复过程中村民们就学会了电脑、剪辑,在2007年他们剪辑出第一部长篇,这之后,继续这样做下去的,还有4个人,他们一直很稳定的参与,一直到现在仍在继续,到2013年,又有一个曾经做过的人,提出来生活已经稳定了,可以返回来再做,于是现在这个团队扩成到5个人。

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