Wang Bing (director)

Wang Bing (Chinese: 王兵; pinyin: Wáng Bīng; born 1967) is a Chinese director, often referred to as one of the foremost figures in documentary film-making.[1] Wang is the founder of his own production company, Wang Bing Studios, which produces most of his films. His movie on Chinese labour camps, The Ditch, was included in the 2010 Venice Film Festival as the film sorpresa.[2]

Wang Bing
OccupationDocumentary filmmaker
Years active2000s
AwardsGrand Prix - FIDMarseilles
Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize
2003 Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks
Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize
2007 Fengming, a Chinese Memoir
Regard d'or
Grande Prémio Cidade de Lisboa
2012 Three Sisters
Grande Prémio Cidade de Lisboa
2014 Father and Sons
Golden Leopard
2017 Mrs. Fang


Tie Xi Qu, Wang's 9 hour epic documentary of industrial China, was considered a major success. Tie Xi Qu went on to win the Grand Prix at the Marseille Festival of Documentary Film and was shown for the first time in Spain at the Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival. Wang's film Fengming, a Chinese Memoir, premiered at both Cannes[1] and Toronto in 2007. Crude Oil premiered at the 2008 Rotterdam Film Festival. Since then, his films became a staple at every prestigious international film festival. 2017's Mrs. Fang was awarded the Golden Leopard at the 70th Locarno Festival.

French philosopher Georges Didi-Huberman dedicated a long epilogue to Wang Bing in his 2012 book, Peuples exposés, peuples figurants. He reflects on the social fate of images thoroughly analyzing Bing's 2010 Man with No Name, writing that the director, as a humble portrait artist of a single rural worker, manages to represent the whole of China's people (as well as people from all over the World) "not through his past, nor his ideas, nor his name, nor his place in society, but through the simple gestures with which he works at his solitary life",[3] as opposed to the common epic portraits of national identity based on military prowess, war heroes and manifest destinies.


Year English Title Chinese Title Notes
2002 West of the Tracks 铁西区 (Tie Xi Qu) Grand Prix at the Marseille Festival of Documentary Film 2003
Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival
2007 Fengming, a Chinese Memoir 和凤鸣 (He Fengming) Premiered at 60th Cannes Film Festival
Premiered at 32nd Toronto International Film Festival
Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival
2007 Brutality Factory 暴力工厂 Short in the anthology The State of the World
2008 Crude Oil 采油日记 / 原油 Premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2008
2008 Coal Money 煤炭,钱 (Tong dao)
2010 Man with No Name 无名者 (Wu ming zhe)
2010 The Ditch 夹边沟 (Jiabiangou) Premiered at 67th Venice International Film Festival[4]
2012 Three Sisters 三姊妹 (San Zimei) Premiered at 69th Venice International Film Festival[5]
Regard d'or at the 27th Fribourg International Film Festival
Grande Prémio Cidade de Lisboa at Doclisboa 2012
2013 'Til Madness Do Us Part 瘋愛 (Feng ai) Premiered at 70th Venice International Film Festival
2014 Father and Sons Fu Yu Zi Grande Prémio Cidade de Lisboa at Doclisboa 2014
2014 Traces Yizhi
2016 Ta'ang Premiered at Berlinale 2016
2016 Bitter Money Ku Qian Premiered at 73rd Venice International Film Festival
2017 Mrs. Fang Fang Xiu Ying Golden Leopard at 70th Locarno Festival
2017 15 Hours Premiered at documenta 14
2018 Dead Souls 死靈魂 (Sǐ líng hún) Premiered at 2018 Cannes Film Festival


  1. ^ a b Koehler, Robert (2007-05-20). "Fengming: A Chinese Memoir- Cannes Film Festival Review". Variety. Retrieved 2007-12-21.
  2. ^ Obsessed With Film, Venice 2010 Review: THE DITCH; the “film a sorpresa” that couldn’t live up to last year’s Herzog, September 6, 2010
  3. ^ Didi-Huberman, Peuples exposés, peuples figurants. L'Oeil de l'histoire, 4, Minuit, 2012, pp. 235-257
  4. ^ "La Biennale di Venezia - The Ditch".
  5. ^ "La Biennale di Venezia - Orizzonti".

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