ON JOANNE CHENG DOCUMENTARY TRILOGY 谈程娟纪录片三部曲
The trilogy, the first one is CHINA GOLD RUSH,
An unfolding canvas of modern China, a changing China
Seen through the perspective of China watchers mainly foreigners
The second one MAMAS GOLD , a human interest story,
An intimate portray of orphan’s living in China.
And then the next one, the third one is GOLDEN LOTUS.
Golden Lotus is the name of this bound feet.
It happen to be called “Golden Lotus”.
Sequentially these are the three films.
It has internal through line of a China story,
an intimate Chinese human portrait.
It’s a story seen through the eyes of one individual,
so it’s a very personal story.
But it is a story of a country.
It’s a story of two cultures crushing and embracing each other.
I aim my stories to be local stories but with universal appeal.
MAMAS GOLD embraces the American donor and Chinese Mama.
So it is a story that crosses border.
It has an international kind of reasoning behind it.
ON “GOLD” IN THE TITLE OF MY TRILOGY
Why do I use “Gold” in the title of my trilogy
I was inspired by the Gold Rush back 150 years ago
The Chinese went to America, California particular.
They were digging gold. There was a gold rush
As if there was the new frontier for hope, for new life.
I felt some 150 years later, the western people come to China for gold rush.
They felt this is the new frontier, they can make money.
They can discover new stories.
I come back for new stories.
Economically, China is booming.
Therefore the world’s attention is in China.
Now the east is very bright, the west is coping with it.
I felt this is story.
This is the cosmology point of view.
I felt this gold is a very good analogy to exemplify the wealth here in China.
There is a saying in the United States
or at least my publicist said:
“If you want to know more about China,
you should look at Joanne Cheng’s documentaries”
So I aim to tell a story from personal perspective
but really try to give an idea of what China or today’s China is
all about from the human perspective.
现在 东方亮 西方相对暗淡