dGenerate Films

dGenerate Films dGenerate Films is the leading US distributor of contemporary independent film from mainland China

dGenerate Films combines pioneering relationships in China with next-generation partners to distribute previously inaccessible content. Films are made available for educational and home DVD, online and cable VOD, public exhibitions, festival screenings, television broadcast, and all other non-theatrical channels. dGenerateFilms.com is a valued resource for up-to-date information and news on the in

dependent Chinese film movement. We also facilitate co-production relationships between filmmakers in China with their counterparts internationally.

12/31/2023

Only a few more days of the Icarus Films Year-End Holiday sale! Secure that sweet, sweet 50% discount while you can with promo code HOLIDAY at checkout ✨ 🔗 mailchi.mp/icarusfilms/hv-holidaysale-121823

Tickets on sale now! Wang Bing's YOUTH (SPRING) is screening as part of MoMA The Museum of Modern Art Film series The Co...
12/31/2023

Tickets on sale now! Wang Bing's YOUTH (SPRING) is screening as part of MoMA The Museum of Modern Art Film series The Contenders 2023 next weekend on January 7th, 2024 🎟️

For members at the Explore category and above, tickets will become available two weeks before the screening date, starting at 10:30 a.m. Additional tickets will be available to members and the general public one week before the screening date, also at 10:30 a.m. Please note that space is extremely l...

12/19/2023

Have you shopped the Icarus Films' Year-End Holiday Sale yet? Get ✨ 50% OFF ✨ all Home Video DVDs, Blu-rays, and box sets through the end of the year 🎁 mailchi.mp/icarusfilms/hv-holidaysale-121823

From renowned auteurs such as , , and , to stunning restorations of short films by favorites, to acclaimed documentaries on revolutionary protests in Chile, garment workers in China, and the global impact of a plastic chair, Icarus Films has the perfect gift for the cinema lover in your life.

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👀 Wang Bing's YOUTH (SPRING) returns to NYC next month, screening at Museum of the Moving Image as a Curators' Choice pi...
12/19/2023

👀 Wang Bing's YOUTH (SPRING) returns to NYC next month, screening at Museum of the Moving Image as a Curators' Choice pick! Tickets on sale now! 🎟️

Wang Bing has been constructing epic documentary portraits of the economic condition of China throughout the volatile and transformative twenty-first century.

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12/06/2023

Shop the Icarus Films Year-End Holiday Sale and make sure you own all your favorite dGenerate Films titles on DVD! 💿 50% off all Home Video DVDs, Blu-rays, and box sets 🎬 Just use promo code HOLIDAY at check out, now until December 31st 2023 - only on IcarusFilms.com

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In collaboration with dGenerate Films, today OVID  launches three experimental films by Tiffany Sia: an artist, filmmake...
11/17/2023

In collaboration with dGenerate Films, today OVID launches three experimental films by Tiffany Sia: an artist, filmmaker, and writer looking at the history of colonialism and present-day political turmoil in Hong Kong. Her films have screened at New York Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, MoMA Doc Fortnight, Flaherty Film Seminar and elsewhere. Her solo exhibition “Slippery When Wet” debuted in 2021 at Artists Space in New York.

"Much of Sia’s work considers the video remnants of the most recent era of cultural uprising in Hong Kong; what is still accessible and what has been disappeared, cast into a litany of red, dead URLs and porous memory." —Screen Slate

"Made in the roiling scrum of mass protest, the movie resists the temptations of spectacle.... Wary of leering eyes and appetites. This is not prudishness. Rather, it is a consequence of a protracted encounter with the unsexy contours of authoritarian violence." —Artforum

As Wang Bing's YOUTH (SPRING) comes to theaters across the United States, watch his previous documentaries on demand! In...
11/15/2023

As Wang Bing's YOUTH (SPRING) comes to theaters across the United States, watch his previous documentaries on demand! Including BITTER MONEY, DEAD SOULS, THREE SISTERS, and more -

A leading light of contemporary international documentary filmmaking, Wang Bing is recognized as one of the most important Chinese artists and filmmakers of his time, with his work garnering awards and international praise at film festivals including the Berlinale and Cannes.

"A momentous documentary that pushes the limits of cinema with its observational perspective" —Foremost Film. Full revie...
11/11/2023

"A momentous documentary that pushes the limits of cinema with its observational perspective" —Foremost Film. Full review 🔗 foremostfilm.net/reviews/youth-spring-review

Wang Bing's YOUTH (SPRING) is at New York City's Metrograph and at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco! Upcoming in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Nov 17-Nov 23, and in Los Angeles at Acropolis Cinema Nov 18 ✨

Youth (Spring) places its observational focus on the highs and lows of the blossoming young folks who find work in the soul-sapping sweatshops of Zhili, China.

J. Hoberman on Wang Bing! "Lived experience is the essence of Youth (Spring) as well as it is of Wang’s project. As a fi...
11/10/2023

J. Hoberman on Wang Bing! "Lived experience is the essence of Youth (Spring) as well as it is of Wang’s project. As a filmmaker he embeds himself in China’s working classes, working his own trade alongside them."—J. Hoberman, The Nation Magazine.

Read full piece 🔗 thenation.com/article/culture/wang-bing-spring-youth/

YOUTH (SPRING) is at New York City's Metrograph and plays this weekend at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco! Upcoming: in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Nov 17-Nov 23, and in Los Angeles at Acropolis Cinema Nov 18 ✨

In his new film, Youth (Spring), the prolific director examines how the People’s Republic became the workshop for much of the world.

YOUTH (SPRING) in Vogue! "...the workers’ humanity emerges in splendid detail as Wang examines their daily lives." Read ...
11/10/2023

YOUTH (SPRING) in Vogue! "...the workers’ humanity emerges in splendid detail as Wang examines their daily lives." Read full review 🔗 vogue.com/article/youth-spring-documentary-review

Opening at Metrograph in New York City TODAY and screening through next week 🎟️ metrograph.com/film/?vista_film_id=9999003509

Also upcoming: in San Francisco at the Roxie Theater Nov 11 & 12, in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Nov 17-Nov 23, and in Los Angeles at Acropolis Cinema Nov 18 ✨

Chinese documentarian Wang Bing’s vibrant masterpiece just may be the season’s fleetest three-hour-plus movie.

"An exhortation not to forget the unseen," Wang Bing's YOUTH (SPRING) is a certified New York Times CRITIC'S PICK! ✨✨✨ R...
11/09/2023

"An exhortation not to forget the unseen," Wang Bing's YOUTH (SPRING) is a certified New York Times CRITIC'S PICK! ✨✨✨ Read full review 🔗 nytimes.com/2023/11/09/movies/youth-spring-review.html

Opening NYC on Nov 10 at Metrograph, San Francisco on Nov 11 at Roxie Theater, Chicago on Nov 17 at Gene Siskel Film Center, and Los Angeles on Nov 18 at Acropolis Cinema 🎟️

The documentarian Wang Bing examines the cloistered world of young textile workers in China.

11/08/2023

Ahead of screenings of Wang Bing and Pedro Costa's work at Metrograph, read a conversation between the two directors in the Journal. 📒

"Wang Bing In Conversation with Pedro Costa" is now available in English and Chinese.

Wang Bing's YOUTH (SPRING) opens at Metrograph on November 10th. Pedro Costa's THE DAUGHTERS OF FIRE plays at Metrograph starting December 10th, alongside Hong Sangsoo's IN WATER. Tickets on sale now.

https://metrograph.com/wangbingpedrocosta-chinese/

Wang Bing's YOUTH (SPRING) opens at Metrograph this Friday, November 10th, in New York City! Tickets are on sale now! 🎟️...
11/07/2023

Wang Bing's YOUTH (SPRING) opens at Metrograph this Friday, November 10th, in New York City! Tickets are on sale now! 🎟️ metrograph.com/film/?vista_film_id=9999003509

A documentary driven by the thrum of industrial sewing machines — just like the lives of the young garment workers it portrays. The town of Zhili, about 95 miles from Shanghai, is a center for the children’s garment industry. Workers in their teens and early twenties come from surrounding provinces to live in sparse, trash-strewn concrete dorms in the same buildings as the small factories where they spend their days sewing leggings, shorts, fluffy skirts, and jackets with Mickey Mouse hoods. A remarkably intimate documentary filmed over five years, YOUTH (SPRING) takes us into these independent workshops.

"Filmed over six years in buildings that house both workshops and dorms, it’s a portrait of a grind, yes, but also a testament to the irrepressible, earthy energy of the latest generation pressed into industrial service." –Variety

“Wang Bing sits at the pinnacle of the Chinese documentary groundswell.” –The New York Times

“Like Frederick Wiseman, Wang is a lofty filmmaking doc deity who moves in mysterious, glacial ways, but one who sometimes performs miracles.” –The Hollywood Reporter

Wang’s ongoing project of documenting the social and economic transformation of 21st-century China as reflected in the lives of those buffeted by…

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10/17/2023

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Wang Bing’s YOUTH (SPRING) premiere theatrical engagement in NYC at Metrograph begins November 10 after three sold-out s...
10/16/2023

Wang Bing’s YOUTH (SPRING) premiere theatrical engagement in NYC at Metrograph begins November 10 after three sold-out shows at New York Film Festival!

✨ “Wang Bing sits at the pinnacle of the Chinese documentary groundswell.”– The New York Times

✨ "Youth (Spring)'s 3-plus hour length is not only necessary, but an absolute gift to sit through."—Film Inquiry

Watch trailer & learn more 🔗 Link in bio

Wang Bing’s YOUTH (SPRING) premiere theatrical engagement in NYC at Metrograph begins November 10 after three sold-out s...
10/16/2023

Wang Bing’s YOUTH (SPRING) premiere theatrical engagement in NYC at Metrograph begins November 10 after three sold-out shows at New York Film Festival!

✨ “Wang Bing sits at the pinnacle of the Chinese documentary groundswell.”– The New York Times

✨ "Youth (Spring)'s 3-plus hour length is not only necessary, but an absolute gift to sit through."—Film Inquiry

Watch trailer & learn more 🔗

Congrats Wang Bing, Guest of Honor at the 36th International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)! 👏👏👏                 ...
08/30/2023

Congrats Wang Bing, Guest of Honor at the 36th International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)! 👏👏👏

Congrats Wang Bing, Guest of Honor at the 36th International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)! 👏👏👏 IDFA Icarus Film...
08/30/2023

Congrats Wang Bing, Guest of Honor at the 36th International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)! 👏👏👏 IDFA Icarus Films

Chinese documentarian Wang Bing and UK filmmaker and artist Peter Greenaway will be honored at the 36th International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), running from November 8 to 19. Wang has …

08/29/2023
Icarus Films announces the acquisition of exclusive North American distribution rights for Wang Bing's newest film YOUTH...
08/21/2023

Icarus Films announces the acquisition of exclusive North American distribution rights for Wang Bing's newest film YOUTH (SPRING).

YOUTH (SPRING) had its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival in May 2023. The film will have its North American premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, and its U.S. premiere as a Main Slate film at the 61st New York Film Festival.

This will be the sixth film by Wang Bing released by the dGenerate Films Collection at Icarus Films.

https://deadline.com/2023/08/youth-spring-documentary-release-icarus-films-wang-bing-1235521927/?fbclid=IwAR04V9KBj5ReHGexNZ9usayqx2e3Y_T83QjLGZ2g6OrTIME1BAEmQN49D5I

Icarus Films has taken North American rights to Youth (Spring), the newest feature from Venice prizer winner Wang Bing, which earlier this year became one of the first documentaries admitted to Can…

CineCina presents a retrospective film series for Tibetan cinema pioneer Pema Tseden (1969 - 2023). His third feature OL...
08/16/2023

CineCina presents a retrospective film series for Tibetan cinema pioneer Pema Tseden (1969 - 2023). His third feature OLD DOG, a humorous and tragic allegory, screens this Friday, August 18th. THARLO, an adaptation of Tseden's own novella, screens next Friday, August 25th. All screenings at Scandinavia House. Tickets on sale now

A pioneer of contemporary Tibetan-language cinema, Pema Tsedan (1969–2023) sheds a light on everyday life in Tibet and breaks the ethnic stereotype throughout his work. His ability to convey indivi…

“This week, we learned of the immeasurable loss of Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden. Pema is a rare filmmaker who commanded...
05/18/2023

“This week, we learned of the immeasurable loss of Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden. Pema is a rare filmmaker who commanded a mastery of storytelling and of the cinematic language. And then, Pema carried a community on his shoulders.

"In many ways, Pema was the first and he worked hard to produce and champion the work of so many brilliant Tibetan filmmakers to follow. I had long admired Pema’s work before I met him. It was our vision to work with Pema when we started dGenerate Films in 2008. Then when I met Pema, I learned so much from his humanity and his deep kindness. He was always there to take care of us, his friends.

"We lost Pema at the peak of his artistry, he had so much more to say and to show us. Pema’s loss leaves a giant hole in global cinema and in our community.

"It’s one of our greatest honors to have worked with Pema, and to have the privilege to continue to work on The Search, Old Dog, Tharlo, and Jinpa. I hope you have the chance to discover Pema’s work.” —Karin Chien of dGenerate Films

Pema Tseden on the set of THARLO (image courtesy of the dGenerate Collection)

05/18/2023

"Beautifully realized... a pointed study of how the deeds of history remain and resonate through time." —Film Threat | New Release: QIU Jiongjiong's A NEW OLD PLAY is now available to rent or buy on Vimeo-on-Demand, Prime Video, & iTunes. Learn more 🔗 mailchi.mp/icarusfilms/vod-anewoldplay

Devastated to learn of director Pema Tseden's sudden death 💔 A leading filmmaker in Tibetan cinema, Tseden was internati...
05/08/2023

Devastated to learn of director Pema Tseden's sudden death 💔 A leading filmmaker in Tibetan cinema, Tseden was internationally acclaimed for his films, including four features we are immensely proud to represent through Icarus Films: THE SEARCH, OLD DOG, THARLO, and JINPA. Learn more 🔗 bit.ly/TheFilmsofPemaTseden

Pema Tseden, the Tibetan art house film director known for “Jinpa” and “Balloon,” has died. He was 53. It is understood that he was in Tibet when he died suddenly of an unspecified illness. Some un…

05/05/2023

"The brightest light in the Chinese independent cinema world at this moment" (Cinemascope), QIU Jiongjiong's A NEW OLD PLAY is a 3-hour epic following the journey of Qiu Yu, a Sichuan opera 'clown,' as he travels through Chinese history. Today, A NEW OLD PLAY premieres on the independent streaming service OVID ▶️ ovid.tv/videos/a-new-old-play

"For Art in America, Minh Nguyen has published a wonderful piece on filmmaking, censorship, and what she calls the “mili...
05/05/2023

"For Art in America, Minh Nguyen has published a wonderful piece on filmmaking, censorship, and what she calls the “militant cinema” movement. Nguyen traces the roots of this movement to 1920s Soviet filmmaking, and says that the goals of militant cinema today could be described as being “to abolish the individual personality of the filmmaker, to present counter-information against mainstream media and hegemonic cultural productions, and to instrumentalize cinema into an educational tool—one that could incite spectators into taking concrete action.”

"It’s appropriate, then, that Nguyen’s piece opens with a scene from a 2021 screening of TAKING BACK THE LEGISLATURE and INSIDE THE RED BRICK WALL, both now exclusively streaming on OVID. Made by an anonymous collective of Hong Kong filmmakers, these documentaries put us on the ground with demonstrators during the 2019 pro-democracy protests in all their chaos, urgency, and violence. It is far too dangerous in the current political climate for these films to screen in Hong Kong, but thanks to the efforts of international film festivals, screening venues, and distribution companies like dGenerate Films, they have found an audience overseas.

"OVID is proud to be the exclusive streaming destination for TAKING BACK THE LEGISLATURE and INSIDE THE RED BRICK WALL. These films join MYANMAR DIARIES (made by the anonymous Myanmar Film Collective, also highlighted in Nguyen’s piece), Hu Jie’s SPARK, Wang Bing’s DEAD SOULS, and Vitaly Mansky’s UNDER THE SUN in OVID’s collection of films made by filmmakers in dangerous, nearly impossible conditions.

"When we started OVID in 2019, we had no intention of being just another streaming service. We see OVID as a way to cut through the noise and offer a collection of fresh voices and visions that could help people see the world differently and appreciate its possibilities. For us, OVID is a political project. We hope our viewers join to see Patricio Guzman’s now classic, profoundly influential 1973 documentary THE BATTLE OF CHILE (an important entry in the militant cinema canon in its own right), but that they stay to see work that doesn’t have a chance of ever being available on the mainstream platforms. We hope that with OVID, we are able to offer you perspectives that you can’t find anywhere else."

And now, we ask you: What are the issues that are important to you? What do you wish to see more of in documentary filmmaking today? Let us know in the comments! ⬇️ We want to hear from you.

Inside the Red Brick Wall, dir. Hong Kong Documentary Filmmakers (2021)

05/05/2023
Commemorating May Day, INSIDE THE RED BRICK WALL ▶️ ovid.tv/videos/inside-the-red-brick-wall and TAKING BACK THE LEGISLA...
05/01/2023

Commemorating May Day, INSIDE THE RED BRICK WALL ▶️ ovid.tv/videos/inside-the-red-brick-wall and TAKING BACK THE LEGISLATURE ▶️ ovid.tv/videos/taking-back-the-legislature by anonymous film collective, the Hong Kong Documentary Filmmakers, are now available to watch exclusively on OVID!

"These scenes not only document the front lines from the vantage point of the protesters, but movingly convey their agitation and vulnerability." Minh Nguyen reports for Art in America on the tactical reasons for framing works of nonfiction as art: to evade censorship. "INSIDE THE RED BRICK WALL was flagged by Hong Kong's strict film classification and censorship rules for criminal offenses, though the film has been shown at safehouse venues such as Light Industry, and festivals including the Cinéma du réel - Festival international du film documentaire and MoMA The Museum of Modern Art’s Doc Fortnight in New York." Read more 🔗 artnews.com/art-in-america/features/militant-cinema-art-film-censorship-1234661684/

This year's is the third consecutive year that has not allowed Labor Day processions. Pro-democracy trade unionists planning to organize a rally faced harassment and intimation. The people of Hong Kong have lost their right to speak on economic issues due to Chinese government control.

TAKING BACK THE LEGISLATURE and INSIDE THE RED BRICK WALL ▶️

Directed by Hong Kong Documentary Filmmakers • Documentary • 2021 • 88 minutes In 2019, the world was captivated by pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Demonstrators, many with colorful umbrellas, faced teargas and rubber bullets for calling to an end to increasing Chinese control of Hong Kon...

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