Fang Xiuying is the mother of a good friend of mine. I was going to make a documentary about her in 2015, but it was postponed because I was too busy at the time. In 2016, the friend called to tell me that her mother’s illness had grown severe, and she might not live very long. I went to see Fang Xiuying right away. When I got there, I realized it’d be difficult to make a documentary about her. I hesitated, but still decided to film her. We filmed the last eight days of her life. So it’s a story about a dying old woman.
Fang Xiuying is 67 years old and lives in a quiet village in southern China. Having suffered from Alzheimer's for several years, with advanced symptoms and ineffective treatment, she was sent back home. Now, bedridden, she is surrounded by her relatives and neighbors, as they witness and accompany her through her last days.
(°1967, Xi’an, China)
Wang Bing is a Chinese director and one of the most prominent voices in Chinese film-making. His films chronicle the everyday lives of those who find themselves in the margins of society amidst the vast and scarred landscapes of 21st century China. They unveil what all too often remains invisible under the guise of its “growth miracle” and its willful cancellation of historical memory. His films have been shown at major international festivals including Venice International Film Festival, Locarno Festival, Berlinale and Doclisboa.
The screening is organised by STUK and Courtisane, in collaboration with the Lieven Gevaert Centre and the Institute of Philosophy (KU Leuven) and is part of a small tour of the film in Leuven, Ghent, Brussels, Aalst, Antwerp and Kortrijk.