Scene from the film Dead Souls ((Part 1)
Scene from the film Dead Souls ((Part 1)
Scene from the film Dead Souls ((Part 1)
Scene from the film Dead Souls ((Part 1)
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Dead Souls ((Part 1)

  • France
  • Switzerland
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In Gansu Province, northwest China, lie the remains of countless prisoners abandoned in the Gobi Desert sixty years ago. Designated as “ultra-rightists” in the Communist Party’s Anti-Rightist campaign of 1957, they starved to death in the Jiabiangou and Mingshui reeducation camps. The film invites us to meet the survivors of the camps to find out firsthand who these persons were, the hardships they were forced to endure and what became their destiny.

This film is divided into 3 parts:

Part 2 available HERE

Part 3 available HERE

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  • Original Title
    Dead Souls (Part 1)
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Wang Bing
  • Cinematography
    Wang Bing
  • Editing
    Catherine Rascon
  • Runtime
    166 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • France
    • Switzerland
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
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