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Film of the Week: Shanghai Banzai

This irreverent portrait of an old multiethnic neighbourhood known as Shanghai and located in the centre of Vilnius was directed by Lithuanian filmmaker Jurate Samulionyte and it will be screened in competition at ZagrebDox.


Shanghai Banzai will be screened as part of the international competition at the 2012 ZagrebDox (February 26 - March 4).

Shanghai Banzai

Production company: Kulturiniu projektu centras - CUMA projects

Sanxai Banzai , Lithuania, 2010, 25 min, Beta SP, Digi Beta, DVD, Human Rights, Personal View, Social Issues, Society

Shanghai Banzai is an ironic short documentary about an old and poor district nearby Vilnius city centre called Snipiskes, which is also known as Shanghai. Film exposes a paradoxical situation where countryside with its multicultural (Lithuanians, Russians, Poles, Romas) community exists in the very centre of Vilnius. The film also tries to find out the origin of the district’s nickname Shanghai. Film portraits inhabitants of Vilnius Shanghai, who have their own rules, loves, habits and sins. Most of them live in their past still remembering their youth. Now modern skyscrapers replace old wooden houses and nobody knows what the future holds for the people of Shanghai.


East Silver 2011