Urbanisation in China; Happiness is seen everywhere
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A Journey of Wonder in Shanghai
In China urbanisation is at full pace. New neighborhoods and cities emerge faster than ever before. The inhabitants, often coming from small villages or demolished areas in the city centres, find a new social context in the new cities. The apartments are better than what they were used to, but do they feel at home there? Do the new cities meet their inhabitants’ expectations?
The ‘new rich’ can afford to buy a house in a new themed suburb. But the city centres of Thames Town or Holland Village look empty. These areas seem to be used mainly by frantic newlyweds searching the perfect surrounding for their wedding pictures.
Urbanisation In China: Happiness Is Seen Everywhere provides a background and context for the Chinese urbanisation and specifically lets the inhabitants speak. It is not a romantic picture of pretty old houses and alleys, but shows real situations and open often surprising views in modern China.
- A jury of film critics and architects have awarded the film as “Best Documentary” at “The International Istanbul Architecture And Urbanism Film Festival” 2011. (title translated as Ã‡inâ€™de KentleÅŸme: Mutluluk Her Yerde). The prize consists of a statue and a cash prize of â‚¬ 4000.
- Screened on film festivals in (a.o.) Shanghai, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Seoul and the Netherlands.
- Released on DVD, published by Architectura & Natura
- Camera, production, editing
- DVD and Full-HD MP4
- Supported by the Netherlands Architecture Fund
- In cooperation with Urban Language
- Extra on the DVD: 16 MM Mao Man
- November 2012: Urbanisation in China is translated into Korean in order to be screened on the Seoul International Architecture Film Festival, Nov.8th / 14th 2012.
- September 2012: Urbanisation in China will be screened on saturday 22 september 2012 in Frankfurt on the China in Motion Festival . I will do a Q&A after the screening.
- October 2011: “Urbanisation in China” has been selected by a jury of film critics, directors and architects as best documentary at the Istanbul International Architecture and Urban Film Festival.
- The screening of “Urbanisation in China” will be the final act of the Chinese Triptych exhibition @ Casla architecture institute, Almere. June 15, 8 pm. Free admission. See the website for details.Â
- The film has been screened at the MiNi Film Festival in Shanghai (April 23 & 24, Dutch Design Workspace). Interviews and articles in Time Out Shanghai, Global Times, Smart Shanghai and Creative Hunt.
Thanks to all people who came to this great mini festival, the cinema room was just overcrowded. Special thanks to the people asking smart questions at the Q&A!
- The DVD is “Book” of the month April at ArchiNed.
- Screening in CASLA architecture centre (almere) during exhibition Chinees Drieluik: De alledaagse, Netwerk en Groene Newtown. From april 8 – june 20.
- Radio interview CRTV about the film. Available as podcast.
- Presentation of the DVD in Architectura & Natura, Amsterdam (3-3-2011). The DVD is for sale now!
- A preview of the documentary was shown at the presentation of the book “Shanghai New Towns” (Harry den Hartog)(nov 30, 2010).
english / chinese – ISBN 978-94-614001-5-4
60 minutes + extra’s. RRP 12,50 euro
extra on the DVD: 16 MM Mao Man (short doc)
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Adidas China | Mads Football Challenges
Mads Football Challenges is a sports video concept completely tailored for Chinese kids (6-14 year). This series is developed by D-FILM and produced for Adidas China.
Created to let kids go out and practise by removing any barrier. Easy to access anywhere. Challenges can be performed in a nearby space. No particular tools needed except a ball.
Basic and clear, no frills, straightforward style. A serious yet fun approach.
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Released during World Cup Football 2014. The series has several 100000’s of hits already!
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Power Station of Art, Shanghai | One Minute series | Veter Strikken met Ã©Ã©n hand
One Minute “Veter Strikken” (made with weerhandig.nl) is included in the series “How To”, curated by Hans Aarsman. On exhibition in Museum De Pont, Tilburg. (until august 24, 2014).
A special edition will be held at Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China, opening june 11 2014. Here the film will be part of the “How To” and “Best Of” series.
The One Minutes is an international platform for very short video works. Since 1999 more than 10,000 one-minute films have been produced by makers from 120 countries. How To, the exhibition conceived by Hans Aarsman, deals with convenient tips. It is a compilation of short films that teach us something within one minute. What do you do, for instance, if you have to tie your shoes and have only one hand free? By way of The One Minutes, Aarsman had a message sent to artists, asking them whether they would be interested in making short films with such convenient tips as the subject matter. Some of these are now on view in De Pont’s project space.
11 Out of 1.3 Billion; Football in China
See also: football-in-china.com Why is China, with 1.3 billion people and a great reputation in sports, not able to form a good national football team? 11 out of 1.3 Billion; Football in China will show the challenges of Chinese football by following six year old Kevin. He is talented and crazy about football.
Kevin’s dad is an exception to the Chinese social rules because he supports (maybe even pushes) him to go to a special primary football school. By sacrificing his own career and spend every free hour on Kevin’s training he may finally fulfill his own childhood dream.
Along the way we meet players, coaches, fans and specialists who all have their own ideas about Chinese football and Kevin’s chances to ever play in a glorious Chinese team. Will Kevin fulfill his dad’s childhood dream and be part of a better Chinese football future?
There is certainly a will to win in Chinese football. Large sums of money are spent on foreign football professionals like Drogba and coach Francesco Lippi. David Beckham is now even hired as “image ambassador” for Chinese football. When he visited Shanghai seven people got injured just trying to get a glimpse of him, proving football is popular in China.
But is attracting foreign talent enough to raise the general level of football? Can the art of football be copied, like so many other things in China? Why do you hardly see any young kids kick a ball in the streets between the new high-rises? What about the match-fixing scandals in the past, and what does ‘our man in China’ Arie Haan think of it?
Through some famous and some less famous players, coaches and fans a surprising image if China as football country is drawn. Interviews are illustrated with footage from the Chinese football practice. The film is informative and entertaining. 11 Out of 1.3 Billion: Football in China is the first film about football in China and is full of ambition, enthusiasm and surprises.
A must see for Football fans and people interested in Chinese culture alike. A perfect preparation for the international match between the Netherlands and China this summer. Check www.football-in-china.com for even more information!
- In cooperation with AboutAsia and Bonanza Films
- Currently in production
- Planned release: 2019
- Languages: Chinese, Dutch, English, Spanish, German, French
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- Volkskrant article about the plans for printing a 3D canal house: [download id=”50″ format=”3″]