Director Miao Wang, who has spent the last two decades in the US, returned to her hometown Beijing two years prior to the 2008 Olympics, to document and shed light on the intense changes of everyday life and urban infrastructure the city was undergoing. Beijing Taxi introduces three taxi drivers: Bai Jiwen, Zhou Yi and Wei Caxia, each with his or her own agenda of private struggles and day-to-day copings. The documentary uses the drivers and their interactions with customers to illustrate the consequences of the sweeping, rapid structural changes of Chinese society.
Wang carefully balances functional, narrative photography with mood creating detailed imagery. Beijing Taxi makes no claim to political judgement or artistic exaggeration, but rather serves as an insightful document of contemporary Beijing and it's inhabitants' adaption to a society in change.

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Title
Beijing Taxi
Director
Miao Wang
Country
China/ USA
Length
78 min
Festival
2010
Section
Documania
Language
Mandarin
Premiere status
European Premiere
Production year
2010
Cast
Bai JiWen, Zhou Yi, Wei Caixia Wei
Producer
Miao Wang, Ivana Stolkiner
Script
Miao Wang
Music
Stephen Ulrich, Itamar Ziegler

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