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People's Park2012

  • 4.2
A mesmerizing, one-of-a-kind window into modern China, PEOPLE'S PARK is an exhilarating single shot documentary that immerses viewers in an unbroken journey through a famous urban park in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. PEOPLE'S PARK was produced at Harvard's groundbreaking Sensory Ethnography Lab, which has been responsible for some of the most critically-acclaimed, envelope-pushing documentaries of recent years (including SWEETGRASS, LEVIATHAN, and the upcoming MANAKAMANA.) The film explores the dozens of moods, rhythms, and pockets of performance coexisting in tight proximity within the park's prismatic social space, capturing waltzing couples, mighty sycamores, karaoke singers, and buzzing cicadas. A sensory meditation on cinematic time and space, PEOPLE'S PARK offers a fresh gaze at public interaction, leisure and self-expression in today’s China.

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Loved the immersion into China's park life, among all the generations there and people just enjoying the day. Music is a big part of everyday happiness, which is something to take note of. Loved the guy emptying the garbage... just those little details were beautiful.

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Loved the immersion into China's park life, among all the generations there and people just enjoying the day. Music is a big part of everyday happiness, which is something to take note of. Loved the guy emptying the garbage... just those little details were beautiful.

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It totally took me to the park in Shanghai where I went about 15 years ago. Darling!

How can I watch the entire documentary? Here I can only see the 49 second movie

Fantastic immersive experience! One of the best from Sensory Labs, a classic.

It's good to know, that when I am old, there is a concrete pavilion for me, where I can dance my troubles away, to the beats of Cheng Du People's Park.