To Live Is Better Than To Die
Chen Weijun 陳為軍/ China/ 86min/ Ch/ En subs (中/英)
A heartbreaking story from Wenlou, a small village in central China, where more than 30% of the villagers are infected with HIV because they made a little extra money selling their blood in the early 90s. The director Chen Weijun spent months in the village with farmer Ma Shengyi, his wife, and three children, all of whom bud the oldest child are infected. Chen described his approach, saying, “I started my shooting along this family’s courtyard in the beginning of the summer in 2001, trying to bring a live picture of the real life of this ordinary family. And the following movie is what I saw with my own very eyes.” A UN survey estimated that 250,000 people in seven provinces in Central China were HIV-infected as a result of a blood donor program in the early 1990s. The figure may very well be much higher.
**2003 Peabody Award (US), 2004 Grierson
**The British Documentary Awards (UK)
**One World 2004 The Rudolf Vrba Award for Best Film in the category “The Right to Know”
**2004 魯道夫大獎 「知的權力」系列最佳影片