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DocEdge Documentary film festival - China Love

Hosted by the Consul of the Auckland Arts & Culture Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Sun 02 Jun 13:00 - 16:00

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This event is for CHINA LOVE

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A stunning selection of sixty-five international and homegrown films have been confirmed for the 14th annual Doc Edge Festival. Over Protected content and events will champion the powerful form that is documentary in Auckland, 30th May – 9th June.

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“Olivia Martin-McGuire’s documentary goes wide,
encompassing the changes that have swept through China
over the past few decades.”
– Screen Anarchy

In 21st century China, it’s customary for betrothed couples to spend a small fortune on glamorous portraits, taken many months in advance of their wedding.

Chinese and Australian participants navigate love, weddings and family in the lead-up to the most important ritual of Chinese society – getting married.

Come on a billion-dollar ride of fantasy exploring contemporary China through the window of the pre-wedding photography industry.

The film has the same kinetic energy as Crazy Rich Asians – outrageous at the opening but ultimately poignant, as director Olivia Martin-McGuire introduces a counterpoint to the current generation’s ostentatious overspending.

“It’s a fantasy ride of glitz, excess, glamour and love.”

Couples who had state-arranged marriages during the country’s Cultural Revolution also share their wedding photos: black-and-white, more like ID cards than celebrations, the stiffly-posed couples wearing their work uniforms.

“What is love in China?” McGuire asks. “What is the dream, what is the fantasy?”

This event is for CHINA LOVE.

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