In 2001 in Beijing we interviewed a young Jia Zhangke.
In late 90s and early 00s most of the sixth generation of Chinese directors movies were forbidden in China. He is generally regarded as a leading figure of the “Sixth Generation” movement of Chinese cinema.
Overloaded Peking is a documentary about Beijing and the Chinese modernization we did in 2001 (MDDM, abelvideo).
It features a long and interesting interview (15:32) with a young Jia Zhangke about cinema, changes in the young Chinese generations, modernization of the country, the internet, censorship, and much more.
In 2001, Jia Zhangke movies (along with many other Chinese directors’ works) were forbidden in China. Eventually, Jia Zhangke emerged as one of the most famous new Chinese directors. In the documentary appears also Zhao Tao (during Jia Zhangke’s interview) and Dj Gaohu. Please view the documentary at 480p, otherwise, the subtitles will be unreadable.