Balkan Dox

A River Runs, Turns, Erases, Replaces


United States
2021 — 87 min / Colour



A portrait of urban spaces along the Yangtze River in the city of Wuhan. An engaging communal stage on which people perform in various ways: some dancing, singing, swimming; some shoveling, welding, and hammering. An evolving landscape that is continuously sculpted by nature and dramatically altered by roaring machines and rising infrastructure. Where desires are planted. Where memories are buried. The lost place.

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Directors' Biography

Shengze Zhu (b. 1987) is a filmmaker from China now based in Chicago, USA. She co-founded with Zhengfan Yang a production company BURN THE FILM, that is dedicated to creating and supporting moving-image works with singular voices.

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Shengze Zhu


Zhengfan Yang

Shengze Zhu


Shengze Zhu

Zhengfan Yang


Shengze Zhu


Aymeric Dupas

Screenings & Awards

Berlinale Forum, Germany, 2021
Caligari Prize

Cinéma du Réel, France, 2021

Hot Docs, Canada, 2021

Documenta Madrid, Spain, 2021

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