Scene from the film Self Portrait: Sphinx in 47KM
Scene from the film Self Portrait: Sphinx in 47KM
Scene from the film Self Portrait: Sphinx in 47KM

Self Portrait: Sphinx in 47KM

  • China
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The eighth film in Zhang Mengqi’s extraordinary survey of life in 47km, a rural village in Hubei Province, China named after its distance from the nearest city, Suizhou, Self-Portrait: Sphinx In 47Km explores the terrible legacy of the ‘Great Leap Forward’ through the contrasting perspectives of two generations of women. An elderly woman tells the harrowing story of her son’s death; whilst a teenager paints murals imagining a brighter future. This split structure connects the memories of a disappearing generation to the hopes of a new one, finding space for political and personal reflection in a country experiencing great change.


  • Original Title
    Zi hua xiang: 47 gong li si fen ke si
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Zhang Mengqi
  • Cast
    Fang Hong
  • Cinematography
    Zhang Mengqi
  • Editing
    Zhang Mengqi
  • Music
    Zhang Mengqi
  • Sound
    Zhang Mengqi
  • Runtime
    94 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • China
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Visions du Réel
    • Montreal International Documentary Festival
    • Festival International Jean Rouch
    • Open City Documentary Festival
    • Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival
    • South Taiwan Film Festival
    • Festival de Cine Lima Independent
  • Awards
    • White Goose Award | DMZ International Documentary Film Festival
    • Special Mention | Festival International de Cine Documental de Buenos Aires is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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