Shanghai Space

Direction
Year 
2009
Country
  • Denmark
Runtime
56min 

With over 20 million inhabitants spread over an area of 7.000 km2, Shanghai is one of the world's largest megacities. And with up to 125,000 people per square kilometre, the Chinese megapolis is also one of the places with the highest population density on the planet. But space is running out. In fact, it's running out so quickly that there is no longer room for all the people who have lived their entire lives in the city. One of them is Xu, and his little family faces being moved to the suburbs. In the middle of a whirlwind of change, the ageing Xu accepts the situation with stoic calm, and relates to the new times like he's always done: by taking pictures of them. In Nanna Frank Møller's film, photography becomes a symbol - and possibly a tacit criticism - of elusiveness and the symbolic lack of space in modern China.

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