Chinese Cinema Club: Disorder | 现实是过去的未来

Fri, Aug 12, 2011 @ 7:00pm - 4:00pm

Disorder (现实是过去的未来)

Documentary, 2009, 58 minutes. Directed by Huang Weikai (黄伟凯).


Huang Weikai’s one-of-a-kind news documentary captures, with remarkable freedom, the anarchy, violence, and seething anxiety animating China’s major cities today. As urbanization in China advances at a breakneck pace, Chinese cities teeter on the brink of mayhem. One man dances in the middle of traffic while another attempts to jump from a bridge before dozens of onlookers. Pigs run wild on a highway while dignitaries swim in a polluted river. Unshowable on China’s heavily controlled television networks, Disorder reveals an emerging underground media, one that has the potential to truly capture the ground-level upheaval of Chinese society.


Huang Weikai collects footage from a dozen amateur videographers and weaves them into a unique symphony of urban social dysfunction. Huang shatters and reconstructs a world that’s barely comprehensible, though with palpable energy — vibrant, dangerous, and terrifying. “Several [films] have caught the chaos of rapidly industrialized China, but none is as raw or terrifying as this.” —Glenn Sumi, Now Toronto





This film is in Mandarin with English subtitles.

Followed by discussion with Chi-hui Yang, moderated by Kevin Lee of dGenerate Films.


Chi-hui Yang is a film programmer, lecturer and writer based in New York. From 2000-2010 he was the Director and Programmer of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the largest showcase of its kind in the US. As a guest curator, Yang has presented film and video series at film festivals and events internationally, including the 2011 MOMA Documentary Fortnight, 2008 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar (“The Age of Migration”), Seattle International Film Festival, Washington D.C. International Film Festival and Barcelona Asian Film Festival. Yang is also the programmer of “Cinema Asian America,” a new On-Demand service offered by Comcast and currently a Visiting Scholar at NYU.


Tickets: $10/adult; $8/student & senior, Free for MOCA member. RSVP to


The Chinese Cinema Club a collaboration between dGenerate Films and Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), is a movie club screening Chinese and Chinese American films on the first Friday of every other month.

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