FROM THE MASSES
TO THE MASSES:
AN ARTIST IN MAO'S CHINA (56.46)
What happens to the individual artist when culture becomes a tool of
government? From the Masses to the Masses is
the story of Jin Zhilin, a Chinese artist whose career was altered dramatically
by the currents that shaped Communist China.
Jin responded to Mao Zedong's call for artists to
learn from the masses and create for the masses. But after Mao launched
the Cultural Revolution in 1966 to purge China's intellectuals and
those he deemed insufficiently "red," Jin
found himself on the wrong side of the new artistic mandate
and was imprisoned. Sent to Yan'an upon his release, Jin was finally
able to pursue his lifelong passion: to learn from the masses, in this
case the traditional artists of Yan'an. With his students, Song Ruxin,
Feng Shanyun, and Chen Shanqiao, he spent the next seven years capturing
his life and history of the revolutionary capital using oil, watercolor
and woodblock prints.
From the Masses to the Masses features
art, restored and preserved, and interviews with the artists
to document the hardships and dreams of artists during this important
watershed period in modern Chinese history.
In English and Chinese with English subtitles.
Available for all regions.
Running Time: 56 Minutes 46 Seconds
Technical Specifications: Letterbox