Oxhide by Liu Jiayin (2005), 110 min, video, China

“Boldly transforming documentary into fiction, Liu Jiayin cast her parents and herself as fictionalized versions of themselves. With virtually no budget and boundless ingenuity, Liu Jiayin’s eye-opening debut, shot when she was 23 years old, consists of twenty-three static, one-scene shots within her family’s fifty square meter home. Liu keeps her small DV camera in claustrophobic closeness to her subjects, often showing only parts of their bodies as their voices dominate the soundtrack. Oxhide takes the microscopic physical and emotional details of a family and magnifies them on a widescreen canvas.” – Icarus Films