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Yunnan province, at the Southeast of China, has been always a strategic frontier to the countries of Southeast Asia, and therefore holds a long commercial tradition.

Many commercial routes cross this mountainous landscape, and many regional markets flourish from this commerce.

Sanyuejie, the Third Month Fair, is a traditional market that has been taking place in Dali for over a thousand years. Here, traders from close and afar and belonging to different ethnic groups reunite once a year to sell all kinds of goods and products. Among them, an important part of the market is destined to traditional medicine stalls.

  • Ivo Hardies
  • Ivo Hardies
  • Ivo Hardies
  • Ivo Hardies
  • Ivo Hardies
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 6, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 EUR
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  • Language:
    Chinese, English
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  • COART Festival

    June 11, 2016
Director Biography - Ivo Hardies

Ivo Hardies is a translator by profession, but spends her most quality time interpreting the world around her in her vocation as anthropologist and filmmaker. She has lived in China for over thirteen years, where she raises her daughter Yun.

Documentary filmmaking is teamwork, but a limited budget and a closeness to her subjects makes Hardies a highly-effective one-woman band, with all the advantages and disadvantages.

Whenever time permits, she takes to her motorbike with her minimal filming equipment—all in a single backpack—and goes in search of subjects. Her ethnographic participant-observer style and daring takes her audiences into places that few people, native or non, ever venture. Upon returning home, she reviews her footage, and the collaborative process begins, as she edits with the help of good friends. Agen and Sanyuejie are her first short works, but there is much more footage in the vaults, and more stories to come.

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Director Statement

Without question, China is the most idiosyncratic/distinctive country I have ever come to know. A beautiful dualism of two extremes co-exist here in relative harmony. My intentions are simple: to record as much as possible and give whoever is interested a close taste of this pocket of China.