DOK LEIPZIG 30 OCTOBER – 5 NOVEMBER 2017
60TH INTERNATIONAL LEIPZIG FESTIVAL FOR DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATED FILM
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Accordion Class


Accordion Class




CATALOGUE TEXT
The image of China as a music nation is dominated by drilled masses and exceptional instrumentalists. This accordion class, however, presents a different image: wrapped in down anoraks, children practice “Hänschen klein”. During the Cultural Revolution, the piano and violin were frowned upon as “bourgeois”, unlike the accordion – its performative qualities were well suited to propaganda. Today the heart-warming squeezing looks almost like a gesture of resistance against the state-promoted virtuoso culture.

Esther Buss

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Credits
Original Title: Shou Feng Qin Ke
Country: China
Year: 2016
Language: Chinese
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 20 min.
Format: .mp4
Color: Colour
Director: Zuqiang Peng
Producer: Zuqiang Peng
Cinematographer: Zuqiang Peng
Editor: Zuqiang Peng
Sound: Zuqiang Peng
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