When the Bough Breaks危巢, 2013
Directed by Ji Dan季丹
Mandarin with English subtitles, 110 min.
Not long ago, Beijing’s Daxing District was covered with landfills from which neighboring scavengers eked a living. With the rapid construction of urban development across Beijing, the landfills have been covered over with the bright lights of the expanding city. Only one rickety shack still stands against the vagaries of so much change. This film documents a stormy year in the lives of its inhabitants.
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.