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The triumph of self-destruction

Last Days in Shibati
Regissør: Hendrick Dusollier

Who do we become when the place we come from disappears?

French director Hendrick Dusollier's first documentary depicts the last days of Shibati, the only remaining old town in the Chinese city of Chongqing. Many people in Europe have probably never heard of this place, but Chongqing is one of the largest cities in the world with its over 30 million inhabitants – six times the population of Norway – within one urban area.

The city itself looks like any modern Asian metropolis, with tall buildings and shopping malls. To make more room for these, the government is demolishing old streets and buildings one by one. For a period of seven months, Dusollier follows the changes in the last old Chongqing district as it moves towards total destruction. The inhabitants of Shibati move out, one after the other, either to settle with relatives or in state-allocated apartments in the suburbs. The film is about feelings related to the area, and about the encounters with the people who. . .

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Bianca-Olivia Nita
Nita is a freelance journalist and critic for Ny Tid.

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