Last Days in Shibati and The Lives of Therese
Location: Redstone Theater
Last Days in Shibati
With director Hendrick Dusollier in person
Dir. Hendrick Dusollier. France. 2017, 60 mins. In Cantonese with English subtitles. Every few months for over a year, French documentary filmmaker Hendrick Dusollier visited the rapidly industrializing Chinese city of Chongqing to witness the gradual dismantling of its last standing pre-modern hutong. Rather than hide his own status as an interloping foreigner, Dusollier placed it front and center to illuminate both the limits of his understanding and the personalities of the people he comes to know—people faced with the dissolution of their homes and an entire way of life. North American premiere.
The Lives of Therese
Dir. Sebastien Lifshitz. France. 2016, 55 mins. In French with English subtitles. DCP. Diagnosed with a terminal disease, iconic French feminist Thérèse Clerc asks director and friend Sebastien Lifshitz to document her final days. The result is a brave, ceaselessly curious document that alternates between Clerc and her family candidly reckoning with her vanishing present and joyously revisiting her journey from obscure housewife to one of the most influential activists of her time. U.S. premiere.
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