Chinese Portrait

79 mins.
Directed by Wang Xiaoshuai

Playing through February 4.

  • Platform:  Amherst Cinema via Agile Ticketing
  • Ticket price: FREE to Amherst Cinema Members, $10.75 general admission
  • Watch window: Your ticket purchase unlocks the film for vieiwng between Jan. 22 and Feb. 4
  • How to watch:  Through the internet browser on your computer, tablet, or smart phone

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Miss talking in the lobby after our films? Share your thoughts on the film on Thursday, January 28 at 7pm in a Zoom gathering moderated by community member and artist Donnabelle Casis, who will be joined by Amherst Cinema Executive Director Yasmin Chin Eisenhauer.

The Zoom link will be included in your ticket purchase. Alternatively, you can email for a link.

From acclaimed director Wang Xiaoshuai (BEIJING BICYCLE; SO LONG, MY SON) comes a personal snapshot of contemporary China in all its diversity. Shot over the course of ten years on both film and video, the film consists of a series of carefully composed tableaus of people and environments, each one more extraordinary than the last.

Pedestrians shuffle across a bustling Beijing street, steelworkers linger outside a deserted factory, tourists laugh and scamper across a crowded beach, worshippers kneel to pray in a remote village. With a painterly eye for composition, Wang captures China as he sees it, calling to a temporary halt a land in a constant state of change.

"CHINESE PORTRAIT is a stunning work of photography and a simple work of empathy that asks, 'How much goes into making sure we all get to just live?'" Scout Tafoya,