City of Jade (Fei cui zhi cheng)
Location la: Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Midi Z. 2016, 99 mins. Digital projection. Director Midi Z was only five years old when his sixteen-year-old brother abandoned the family. There were rumors that he had found riches in the mythical City of Jade. The family only saw him again at the father’s funeral in 1997—poor and addicted to opium. Years later, by which time Midi Z had moved to Taiwan and become a film director, the brother was released from the Mandalay prison. Weak, but still hopeful of finding a big jade gemstone to become rich overnight, he set off once again for the mines, just like countless others in Myanmar’s war-torn Kachin state on the border with China. Midi Z accompanied him with his camera, following him on his motorbike through the jungle, pushing ever further into the dangerous inner core of an inaccessible man’s world. City of Jade powerfullydocuments a moving cinematic attempt to bring two very different brothers closer together. (Berlin International Film Festival).
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