One Way Street Bookstore’s Variations

According to the wechat, one way street, a well-known bookstore in Beijing, would be closed in three months (December 31, 2019). Therefore, our team tracked and photographed the whole process of the closure of the bookstore.
The survival and development of physical bookstores in new media era, the status quo and fate of paper books, are millions of people’s concern. Focusing on the staffs, we find out that the bookstore has its own filter which witnesses beautiful and blooming youth; at the same time, like a catalyst, the closure stimulates interesting stories.
The documentary is not intended to sing an elegy for books and off-line bookstores. In fact, the closure of a bookstore does not mean that reading is dead. Therefore, the film is more interested in showing the warm space and interesting soul.

  • Changhong Mo
    Director
  • Shirui Hu
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    social culture
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 40 minutes
  • Country of Origin:
    China
  • Country of Filming:
    China
  • Language:
    Chinese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Changhong Mo

Changhong Mo, male, born in 1975, associate professor, School of Applied Arts and science, Beijing Union University, a doctor of film science. He had been an editor of Beijing Publishing House for many years. He is the author of two books: Not a One-way Street: A Perspective of the Relationship between the Filmmaker and the Subject and A Study on Investigative Documentary. He has been teaching courses such as “the history of Chinese and foreign film development” and” documentary production”, and has shot and directed students to shoot many short films.

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Director Statement

According to the wechat, one way street, a well-known bookstore in Beijing, would be closed in three months (December 31, 2019). Therefore, our team tracked and photographed the whole process of the closure of the bookstore.
The survival and development of physical bookstores in new media era, the status quo and fate of paper books, are millions of people’s concern. Focusing on the staffs, we find out that the bookstore has its own filter which witnesses beautiful and blooming youth; at the same time, like a catalyst, the closure stimulates interesting stories.
The documentary is not intended to sing an elegy for books and off-line bookstores. In fact, the closure of a bookstore does not mean that reading is dead. Therefore, the film is more interested in showing the warm space and interesting soul.