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Ajyal Film Festival 2018

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Commodity City

Ajyal Competition

Jessica Kingdon / Short Documentary / United States of America / 2016 / 11 min / Colour / DCP
In Mandarin / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Documentary
Rated: Parental guidance advised for viewers under the age of 15. Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or over.

Screenings

Synopsis

A visually stunning observational documentary exploring the daily lives of vendors who work in the largest wholesale market in the world. Set in the Yiwu Markets in China, 'Commodity City' examines the subtle interactions that occur amongst hoards of dolls, flowers, neon signs, clocks, and other consumer goods. It captures the fleeting moments of tension between commerce and individuality, between the goods for sale and the humans who sell them.

About the Directors

Jessica Kingdon is a Chinese-American director/producer named one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine in 2017. Her award-winning Vimeo Staff Pick short 'Commodity City' was shortlisted for a Cinema Eye Honor and has played at over 50 film festivals including Rotterdam, True/False and Sheffield. Her upcoming feature documentary 'Untitled PRC Project' is an SFFilm Doc Fund recipient and participated in the 2017 Spotlight on Documentary IFP Film Week.

Credits

Director
Jessica Kingdon
Producer
Daniel Cooper, Kira Simon-Kennedy
Editor
Daniel Garcia, Jessica Kingdon
Cinematographer
Jessica Kingdon

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