Private Project


2022 Winter Olympic Games will be held in ChongLi County, He Bei province of China. As part of the venue and supporting facility construction, Chessboard Ridge, a village near ChongLi County was set to be demolished, villagers relocated, making way for expressway exit, parking lot and high speed train station, etc.
This film records the whole process, documenting the original landscape of the village, including a small old Catholic church, the daily routine, and the real situation of contract signing, moving, demolishing of the houses, as well as the fallow up scenarios of various relocated villagers. Spanning four years, from 2017 to 2021, the project aims to give a candid and balanced perspective on the great change thus brought about of the land, the village, and the people.
This film is experimental, as the whole video-audio recording has been done with iPhone in 4k-60fps format. No additional equipment was applied, using only the generic functions of the phones. The iPhones were given to several local persons, together with the crew of the film, making it possible for the team to document important moments of the process in the village and beyond. As the villagers are used to phone photography, the iPhones were proved to be non-intrusive, allowing the team to record the scenes without causing much attention and “performance”.

  • Dan Yi
  • Jin Peng
  • Ning Yi
  • Jun Li
  • Jin Peng
  • Liang Ma
  • Dan Yi
  • Ning Yi
  • Rui Zeng
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    Social & Human Interest, Faith-Religion, Society & Community
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 17 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 7, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    300,000 USD
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    Digital with iPhone in 4k-60fps
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Director Biography - Dan Yi

Yi Dan was Born in 1960, China. He earned his BA in Chinese Literature and Language in Sichuan University, and MA in British and American Literature in Michigan State University, USA. Since 1985, he has been teaching world literature, critical theories and film studies. From 1996 to 2016, he has been a visiting scholar at various American and European institutions including Harvard Univ., KU Luven, Bonn Univ., Ghent Univ. . Yi Dan is currently a full professor at the College of Literature and Journalism at Sichuan University, China.
Since 1998, Yi Dan co-authored a feature film and several TV drama series that have won national and international awards. He has also published fiction, academic monographs and articles.

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