Haolun Shu

SHU HAOLUN graduated from East China University of Technology and holds an MFA in film from Southern Illinois University. Currently he teaches at the film school of Shanghai University. His short film Young Blood was nominated for Pusan International Film Festival’s Best Asian Short Film award, and the Best Short Film award of the Dubai International Film Festival. Black and White Photos (2007) won the script award of the Hubert Bals fund from the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Nostalgia (2006) won the Best Documentary award of 3rd Reel China Documentary Biennial, and was in the official selection of the 12th Documenta Kassel. Struggle (2002) won the Best Documentary award from Fribourg International Film Festival, and was in the official selection of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

Poster for the movie "Shanghai Shimen Road"

Shanghai Shimen Road

In the late 1980’s Shanghai, a 16 year-old boy, Xiaoli, comes of age surrounded by his neighbors and grandfather. His best friend is a girl named Lanmi, a couple years older than him. But Lanmi slowly drifts away from him, lured by the new opportunities which come as China opens up to foreign goods and businessmen. At the same time, the 1989 events force Xiaoli to grow up and to let go of his teenage … Read more


This powerful documentary explores the cruel realities of sweatshop labor and workplace injury in China, and one lawyer’s mission to defend worker’s rights.