Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, is China’s western capital of commerce, technology, transportation, and home to the largest building in the world. It’s also home to People’s Park, a large public expanse enjoyed by a diverse cross-section of the population. In a single continuous shot, filmmakers Libbie D. Cohen and J.P. Sniadecki boldly transform a simple walk in the park into a thoroughly immersive and utterly transfixing experience. Capturing unexpected views of city-dwellers exercising, playing, dancing, and communing, the film is both exhilarating and eerily effective in reminding us that in public spaces, we are always being watched.
Directed by Libbie D. Cohn and J.P. Sniadecki, 2012
Language: Sichuanese, Mandarin Chinese
Total runtime: 78 minutes
Part of the urban film series Cinematic Sites, selected by Paul Dallas and presented in conjunction with Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab.