Watch: Chinese Lo-Fi Sci-Fi Short 'The Sand Storm' with Ai Weiwei
by Alex Billington
September 8, 2014
This morning's must watch short film comes from China, but also comes straight from the Telluride Film Festival. It's called The Sand Storm from filmmaker Jason Wishnow, who returns to narrative filmmaking after working on the TEDTalks web series. The short film just premiered at Telluride and is about a water smuggler, played by Ai Weiwei, in future where water is limited. It's not too long to watch and provides some insight on the struggles of our modern world, with some intuitive commentary. It's not my favorite short but I do recommend watching it if you're looking for something thought-provoking. Fire it up below.
From the Vimeo description of the short: "Communications lines dissolve and a water smuggler navigates a tumultuous, dystopian city on the brink of calamity in this lyrical 'low-fi sci-fi' short, the implied set-up to an even bigger story." The Sand Storm is directed by Jason Wishnow, who shot this dystopian sci-fi story under challenging conditions in China. "The film explores a city facing a water crisis in the near future from the viewpoints of a woman, a man, a lover and a water smuggler." In addition to Ai Weiwei, the short stars Hu Jianing, Li Ning, and Bai Yao. For more info on the film, visit wishnow.com. To see more shorts, go here.