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Turn It On: Falling from the Sky

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Event organized by Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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Falling from the Sky天降, 2009
Directed by Zhang Zanbo张赞波
Mandarin and Hunan dialect with Chinese and English subtitles, 145 min.

The little-known county of Suining in Hunan province is an ordinary yet magical place. As the site of the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, the area has experienced many instances of falling rocket debris since the 1990s. These mysterious and dangerous “visitors from the heavens” have disrupted the lives of its 160,000 residents. 2008 was both the year China hosted the Olympics and its “year of aerospace.” Beneath the veneer of these national celebrations, the residents of Suining were forced once again to face their peculiar fate of debris falling from the sky.

Part of the film festival “Turn It On: China on Film, 2000–2017” cocurated by Ai Weiwei and Wang Fen.

Film screenings are free with museum admission.

Organized by the Guggenheim Museum in conjunction with Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World. Presented in collaboration with PEN America. Support is provided by The Hayden Family Foundation.