Before establishing himself as a global force, Jia Zhangke made Xiao Wu in 1997. Produced on a shoestring budget, guerilla-style, and packed with a cast of non-professional actors, the film is now a milestone in Asian cinema.
Xiao Wu is screening at Asian Film Archive along with Nasir, a stirring drama from India. AFA’s Viknesh and Kay Wee talk about these films, along with insightful artist conversations from their ongoing State of Motion programme.
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The Asian Film Archive (AFA) is a charity that focuses on culturally important works by independent Asian filmmakers. It preserves Asia’s rich film heritage in a permanent collection and promotes a wider critical appreciation of Asia’s cinematic works through initiating programmes like screenings and talks.
More than just a repository of film and tape, AFA aspires to be a hub for the film community, contributing to culture, scholarship and industry.