TRAPPED IN THE CITY OF A THOUSAND MOUNTAINS
Hollanda, Çin / 2018 23’ / Colour
Chinese with Turkish sub.
Director | David Verbeek
A new phenomenon of authentic Chinese rap has taken the internet by storm. But behind the unprecedented gains in popularity, there is a struggle for freedom of speech. Rappers are trying to figure out what they still can and cannot do after new censorship is announced.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN SHANGHAI
Azerbaijan, Germany / 2018 35’ / Colour
Azerbaijani with English and Turkish sub.
Director | Leyli Gafarova
Welcome to Shanghai. No, not the Chinese megalopolis full of neon and nouveaux riches, but precisely the opposite: an eponymous slum in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. In the distance, skyscrapers built with oil money tower above the city, but here dilapidated houses are packed along a single railway line. The slum is scheduled for demolition, and now and again a child is killed by one of the freight trains slowly chugging by.