“Bracketed by stunning long shots taken from the front of a moving freight train, Wang Bing’s epic, three-part documentary, Tie Xi Qu: West of Tracks, is an astonishingly intimate record of China’s painful transition from state-run industry to a free market. Filming between 1999 and 2001, Mr. Wang and his sound engineer, Lin Xudong, painstakingly document the death throes of the Tie Xi industrial district in the city of Shenyang, in northeast China, a once-vibrant symbol of a thriving socialist economy. As factories close and workers lose not only their jobs but also their homes and social networks, the filmmakers patiently observe the end of an era and the fortitude of those left floundering in its wake.”
Click here to read the rest of Jeannette Catsoulis’s New York Times review of Wang Bing’s Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks, which is getting released for the first time in the U.S. starting today, in a rare one-week engagement at downtown Manhattan’s Anthology Film Archives (natch). For a complete schedule of when you can see all three parts, click here.