Lighthouse

16 minutes, color, stereo sound, DV, 2009
Production: China/USA


Award

Distinction Prize Award and Honorable Mention at the IN-OUT Festival, the Lazniz Centre for Contemporary Art (Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Łaźnia), Poland, 2009

World Premiere

Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA)

Film Distribution

Video Data Bank (VDB), The School of Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2001–present

Short Synopsis

“Lighthouse” is about Chinese workers working and living at a factory town in southern China. The viewer is led to actively compose narratives through the ironic and the sublime images. It aims to open borders that separate cultural, linguistic and historical differences in the global labor systems.

Credits

Produced, Directed, Photographed and Edited/ Chi Jang Yin
Assistant of Camera and Sound Recording/ Alex Thomas
Sound Design and Mixed/ Lou Mallozzi at Experimental Sound Studio

Reviews

“Director Chi-Jang Yin is showing unusual picture of working people in China. This experimental assembly linked with different stories shrouded in mystery.  The film reveals the natural human being what reflects the specific nature of the work.”
Poland Gdańsk DocFilm Festival, Tri-City Theater, (April 23–25), Gdańsk, Poland, 2010

“Lighthouse, 16 mins (2009), is about Chinese workers working and living at a factory town in southern China. The events of seeing, being seen and remaining unseen open up imagination, understandings and communicate a social statement.”
The Noe Valley Ministry, The Odd Monday, Experimental Films by Chi Jang Yin, San Francisco, CA, 2009

“…Lighthouse captures reality without comment and leaves the questions and answers to us.”
Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival–IDFA, reviewed by Anna Abrahams, November, 2009

Selected Screenings

The Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago Underground Film Festival, catalogued, Chicago, IL, 2010

Athens International Film and Video Festival, Ohio University, OH, 2010

Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA), CINEAC Theater, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2009

Poland IN-OUT Film Festival, the Lazniz Centre for Contemporary Art, Lazniz, Poland, 2009