When: Wed., Nov. 16, 8 p.m. 2011
Beijing Taxi takes viewers on a backseat tour of China's rapidly changing "Northern Capital," with three different taxi drivers as guides. One of them, described as a "veteran driver with a lost youth," remarks, "In the old days under Mao, everybody had food on their table. It wasn't good, but everyone had some. Now some are very poor, while a few are extremely rich."
Judging by the trailer, director Miao Wang and her directors of photography gathered some fantastic footage of a city in flux, from the tops of new skyscrapers to street-level shots among bustling parks and sidewalks. There are breathtaking images of Rem Koolhaas' CCTV headquarters under construction, its spectacular cantilever looming over the highway and announcing the home of a new modernity, paired with scenes of one driver fishing with his father in a more bucolic (but still heavily polluted) landscape. The screening will be followed by a Q-and-A with Wang, who grew up in Beijing and now lives in New York. It starts at 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. —Marc Maximov