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Dead Souls (2018)




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In Gansu Province, northwest China, lie the remains of countless prisoners abandoned in the Gobi Desert sixty years ago. Deemed "ultra-rightists" in the Communist Party's Anti-Rightist campaign of 1957, they starved to death in the Jiabiangou and Mingshui reeducation camps. Directed by Wang Bing (Fengming), one of the most important Chinese artists and documentarians working today, Dead Souls 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.


Critic Reviews for Dead Souls

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

Beyond just capturing and filing memories, Wang is after how his subjects process their trauma, how they frame the horror of their experiences, and how they've coped with survivors' guilt.

May 12, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Charting the origins, operations and outcomes of a far-flung Chinese labor camp in the late 1950s/early 1960s, the documentary offers affecting and harrowing accounts from those who survived the gulag.

May 11, 2018 | Full Review…

A powerfully sobering and clear-eyed investigation that justifies its length through the gravity and presence of its testimony.

May 10, 2018 | Full Review…

By the end, viewers will be emotionally broken down, struck by the enormity of the events described; in this way they might touch on the experience of those whose stories it tells.

December 2, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Wang's film is a vital excavation of history in danger of being eroded away.

November 29, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An essential document of survivor testimony that stands as China's answer to Shoah.

November 29, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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