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Plays in Shorts Program: With These Hands
Saturday, June 15
12:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg Center

555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

14 Paintings


Dongnan Chen

Executive Producers

Hongliang Guo, Xiaoli Sha


Jiaqing Lin, Chongjun Li, Dongnan Chen, Jisong Li, Heying Chen


Xiao Yang, Sisi Chen


Xiao Xiao

As a new government initiative compels thousands of painters in Dafen Village to shift from producing copies to creating originals, the film examines 14 made-in-Dafen paintings, and explores the interplay between art, commodity, and social dynamics in today’s China. The film also forms an expressive exhibition dedicated to the painters who must reassess their identity while navigating a rapidly changing landscape.

Director, 14 Paintings

Dongnan Chen is an independent filmmaker from Xi’an China. Her debut film, Sound of Vision, an experimental short following a blind man’s exploration of New York, was nominated for an Emmy, premiered at Hot Docs, and broadcasted on PBS POV. The Trial From Xinjiang, a profile of three pickpockets from China’s far west Xinjiang, won best documentary short at the Asian American International Film Festival in New York and has been widely screened around the world. Singing in the Wilderness tells the story of a Miao ethnic choir on the upland of China’s southwest and is part of IFFR, ND/NF, DMZ, Sydney FF, Thessaloniki, RIDM, and won special jury prizes at LAAPFF. Dongnan is a graduate of New York University and a fellow of Sundance’s story and edit lab.