Synopsis by Andrea LeVasseur
Western European filmmakers Solveig Klassen (from Germany) and Katharina Scheneider-Roos (from Austria) travel to China to direct the documentary film My Camera Doesn't Lie. Shot with digital video, the film is an intimate portrait of several Chinese filmmakers belonging to the "Sixth Generation," a film movement of young (thirtysomething) directors who choose to focus on personal stories about regular people's lives. Some of the directors include Jia Zhangke, Wang Chao, Wang Xiaoshuai, Zhang Yuan, and Li Hao. Despite being world-renowned filmmakers, they tend live in humble apartment dwellings with relatively poor working conditions that often resemble the subjects of their films. Critic Cheng Quingsong offers some historical perspective. My Camera Doesn't Lie was shown at the 2003 IFP Los Angeles Film Festival.