Documentary Canada 2018 English, Mandarin (Sichuan dialect) with English subtitles 0:06:47

The artist’s mother watches a propaganda film about the Down to the Countryside Movement in 1970s China. The policy, instituted by Mao Zedong, sent millions of urban teenagers to work in impoverished farming villages.

Kristin Li was born in Chengdu, China, and currently lives and works in Montreal. As an emerging multimedia artist, Kristin creates installations, animations, documentaries, and experimental narratives that explore contemporary formations of power. These projects recontextualize familiar stories, practices, and institutions to reveal the ways that they constrain us in spite of our intentions, and the hidden sites of possibility that we can nonetheless exploit. Kristin’s work has been shown across North America, South America, and Europe, with recent screenings at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (Germany), Vidéoformes (France), and MIX NYC (US).