Ascension

Winner
Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award - Special Jury Mention
Tribeca Film Festival
Winner
Best Documentary Feature
Tribeca Film Festival
The chance to glimpse behind the curtain of an unfamiliar China is just one of the attractions of a thoughtful, eye-opening film.

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Ascension

ASCENSION is an impressionistic portrait of China’s industrial supply chain that reveals the country’s growing class divide through staggering observations of labor, consumerism and wealth. The documentary portrays capitalism in China across the levels of its operation, from the crudest mine to the most rarefied forms of leisure. Accordingly, the film is structured in three parts, ascending through the levels of the capitalist structure: workers running factory production, the middle class training for and selling to aspirational consumers, and the elites reveling in a new level of hedonistic enjoyment. In traveling up the rungs of China’s social ladder, we see how each level supports and makes possible the next while recognizing the contemporary "Chinese Dream" remains an elusive fantasy for most.

WORLD PREMIERE – 2021 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
Not Rated
Genre
Documentary, Women and Film, Greg's List, 2021 IDA Documentary Awards Nominees
Runtime
97
Language
Mandarin
Director
Jessica Kingdon
Awards:
Winner, Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award - Special Jury Mention, Tribeca Film Festival
Winner, Best Documentary Feature, Tribeca Film Festival

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