Sunny Side of the Doc Prize handed out at CCDF-12
The 12th Edition of CNEX Chinese Documentary Forum (CCDF) took place IRL in Taipei from 25 to 26 September gathering 17 projects issued from 6 countries. On this occasion, Sunny Side of the Doc was glad to hand out the SSD Prize to the team behind ‘The Wild Street’, a documentary following the lives and journeys of three women of the Wuhan Clothing Wholesale Market trying to survive in a new economic landscape reshaped by the global pandemic.The team wins two passes for the 33rd Edition of Sunny Side of the Doc taking place from 20 – 23 June 2021 in La Rochelle.
ABOUT THE EVENT
CNEX Chinese Documentary Forum (CCDF) is a professional platform created to support documentary filmmaking. Modeled after international documentary pitching forums, CCDF connects Chinese filmmakers with international commissioning editors, buyers or funders in order to facilitate international co-production.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2021, the world is quickly shifting from traditional, brick-and-mortar businesses to electronic commerce. And the once-prosperous Hanzheng Street, Wuhan is facing an unprecedented economic downturn.
The 68-year-old Big Eyes Missy uses live streaming to garner a group of loyal fans during the pandemic and becomes a fashion icon in Hanzheng Street. Her worsening health condition reminds her that it is time for her to step down, but as she feels responsible for her business company, she couldn’t call it quits.
Born in the 70s, President Peng decides to establish a new local brand in the neighborhood. She wishes to transform the clothing industry’s negative perception of the Wuhan Market but must battle her self-doubt as she encounters the difficulties of entrepreneurship.
Born in 1989, Qin wants to expand the production of her factory this winter and lead the business to a higher level. However, she struggles to balance the need of her 7-year-old daughter for companionship with the increasing pressure of running her factory.
The story follows the lives and journeys of these three women and how they struggle and thrive in their dilemmas.
THE SUNNY SIDE WORD
Mathieu Béjot: "In the last two years, Wuhan has become a household name throughout the world because of Covid-19. In The Wild Street, Wuhan-born director Lucy HUANG offers a fresh take on the city by portraying the struggle of three forceful women in the clothing industry. These portraits bring an unusual perspective on the damaging impact of e-commerce and globalization in China and should resonate internationally."
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR (Lucy HUANG)
Born in Wuhan, graduated from the Social Documentary Department of School of Visual Arts in New York. Her works have been screened in many international film festivals including DOC NYC.
In 2018, documentary short film Satellite Baby was shortlisted for the best documentary of Global University Film Award and won Best Documentary Short of DC Chinese Film Festival; In 2019, Missing Story won the annual influence program of Sina Weibo; In 2020, shot the documentary of COVID-19 In Wuhan in the front line; In 2021, her full-length feature of Cliff Village in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture was broadcast on IQIYI.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER (ZHANG Yue)
Founder of the documentary label Figure, chief planner and director of documentary series of COVID-19 In Wuhan, producer and co-producer of the non-fiction film Hello Life.
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