A story about Beijing Hutongs told through the close and personal experiences of a director raised in these disappearing neighborhoods. Beijing’s Hutongs, the traditional city structure has been fading into the shade and greatly destroyed after massive demolishing under the rapid economic boom in China. Through her unique perspectives, director Zhang Weimin spent eight years capturing and exploring the complexities of modernization and development in urban environments, and the effect it has on the cultural heritage and individual lives.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Zhang Weimin, an award-winning filmmaker, is one of China’s Sixth Generation filmmakers, a graduate of the Beijing Film Academy and School of Film, Ohio University. She has worked on numerous award-winning films, documentaries, and TV drama series in both China and the U.S. Her many successes include The House of Spirit (2001), The Ever Lasting Flame – Beijing 2008 (2009) as a U.S. unit director; and the documentary series, A World of Tea (2013).
Hutong Days is recently completed and preparing for launch.