Treating

Chinese Title Zhi Liao

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Director: Wu Wenguang

Year: 2010

Length: 80′

Cinematography): Wu Wenguang, Wen Hui, Zou Xueping, Tang Zhi

Editing Wu Wenguang

Shooting Format DV

Language Mandarin

Subtitle Chinese & English

Genre Documentary

 

Synopsis

“This film started with me wanting to make a film to memorialize and explore my deep emotions toward my mother, who passed away in 2007. As I was making the film, my thoughts toward it kept getting broken and shifted, especially as I sorted through the 12 years of footage I had collected, seeing subtleties I had previously overlooked, or reliving experiences that had long since gone by. Even more impacting was facing the moving images of my mother, seeing someone dear to me who has already left this world captured with such lifelike movements, utterances, expressions, like it all just happened yesterday. Then I realized this film is not just about remembering her—it’s also an experiment to bring her back to life. Especially at a time when I’m in a process of trying to heal myself, my mother is a crucial element. And so, though my mother/ remembrance/ the present/ healing and self-healing, this film’s structure and way of recounting began to naturally materialize”. (Wu Wenguang)

 

 

Bio-filmography of Director

Wu Wenguang was born in southwest China’s Yunnan province in 1956. After graduating from high school in 1974, he was sent to the countryside, where he worked as a farmer for four years. Between 1978 and 1982, he studied Chinese literature in Yunnan University. After his studies, Wu worked as a teacher at a junior high school, and later, worked in television as a journalist. Wu left television and moved to Beijing in 1988 to become an independent documentary filmmaker, freelance writer, and director/producer of dance and theater. Wu has completed ten documentaries, including Bumming in Beijing (1990), 1966, My Time in the Red Guards (1993), Jiang Hu: Life on the Road (1999), Fuck Cinema (2005), Treatment (2010); and his films have been screened at many prestigious film festivals around the world. He has also published four books of non-fiction.