Watch ChinaNOW : A Short Doc By Thomas Rhazi

“This short film crystallizes the creative harmony at the heart of China’s urban explosion,” Thomas Rhazi.

In “Chin­aNOW”, a 2013 Now­ness short doc­u­ment­ary film, late French Dir­ect­or Thomas Rhazi (1985−2016) puts the spot­light on the lush state of cre­ation and innov­a­tion in the world’s most heav­ily pop­u­lated coun­try. Through inter­views with a num­ber of VIPs in the realms of Chinese art, pub­lish­ing and archi­tec­ture, Rhazi paints the por­tray of a coun­try in flux, a coun­try that, des­pite its bud­ding energy and cer­tain cre­at­ive freedoms, to this day remains impen­et­rable for the artist.

Grow­ing up in Par­is, Rhazi’s career kicked off in the field of fash­ion pho­to­graphy and he worked as dir­ect­or of pho­to­graphy before diving and delving into the world of dir­ect­ing. Rhazi has left us with a hugely impress­ive body of work. His col­lec­ted works dis­play that off­beat, off the beaten path true tal­ent for storytelling, com­bin­ing a ser­i­ous and often pier­cing approach with a vis­cer­al aware­ness of the power of visu­als.

“Chin­aNOW” fea­tures Archi­tect Lyn­don Neri and his wife/​professional part­ner Ros­an­na Hu, along­side Jérôme Sans, co-founder of Beijing-based con­sultancy Per­fect Cros­sov­ers and former dir­ect­or of the city’s Ullens Center for Con­tem­por­ary Art, as well as Group Style Edit­or­i­al Dir­ect­or of Mod­ern Media Group Shaway Yeh, a pub­lish­ing col­lect­ive whose flag­ship title, “Mod­ern Weekly”, boasts a wider cir­cu­la­tion than “Vogue China”.

Syn­dic­ated from Tem­per Magazine

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