Hailed as "poignant" and "seamless" by The New York Times and "mesmerizing" by New York Magazine, Miao Wang's Beijing Taxi will have its PBS broadcast premiere this Saturday, June 25th. "Three Beijingers' Bumpy Ride on China's Road to Modernization," Beijing Taxi explores the capital through the lens of three local guides as their city undergoes rapid transformation before and after the 2008 Summer Olympics. Wang raised $11,000 on Kickstarter for finishing funds to present the strongest version of her documentary at its 2011 SXSW world premiere.
A lyrical and candid portrait of a communist society immersed in global capitalism, Beijing Taxi explores the intersections of ancient tradition, modern commerce, and post-modern imagination. Wang aspires to make "genre-bending poetic and cinematic documentaries that inspire human connections and reflect on the universalities of the human condition," and with this debut feature the Beijing-born, Maysles-trained filmmaker does exactly that.
Beijing Taxi has screened in dozens of festivals worldwide, taking home Best Feature Documentary at the Sidewalk Film Festival and Duke City Docfest. With a stunning trailer, killer local soundtrack, and rave reviews, PBS hasn't seen a documentary this good since--well, actually they're pretty much always really good; it's PBS. So that is the quality of work we are talking about here, people. What else are you doing this Saturday?
Showtimes (Eastern Standard): Saturday, June 25 @ 8am, 2pm, 9pm & Sunday, June 26th @ 2am.