USA / 2013 / 28:15 min / 16:9 / color / HD video / 5.1 sound / Mandarin w/ English subtitles

Fenfen's video diaries are mysteriously broadcast on televisions across China.

The Private Life of Fenfen is a documentary film experiment that tells its tragic love story as a video installation. In 2007, the filmmaker gave Fenfen—a feisty young migrant worker in southern China—a video camera with which to start filming her epic video diary. In the film, however, fragments of Fenfen's video life—constructed out of over 100 hours of footage—are broadcast "live" on TV in various migrant worker locations across China. Inside cheap restaurants, hole-in-the-wall cigarette shops, and alley hair salons, everyone is watching Fenfen and consuming her real life as would-be entertainment.

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2013,
Official Selection, Paradocs


MoMA | Documentary Fortnight 2014: MoMA's International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media

Upcoming MoMA Screenings
Monday, February 24, 2014, 8:00 p.m., The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 7:00 p.m., The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1
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