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Turn It On: Prisoners in Freedom City

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
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Prisoners in Freedom City自由城的囚徒, 2007
Directed by Hu Jia胡佳and Zeng Jinyan曾金燕
Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles, 36 min.

Civil rights activist Hu Jia was held under house arrest from 2004 to 2008 in the upscale eastern suburbs of Beijing. One day Hu picked up a video camera and began to document things outside the window: his watchers, shepherds tending their flocks, spiders in the rain, and his fellow activist and wife, Zeng Jinyan, going to and from work under the unnervingly close watch of plainclothes police.

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.

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