Trapped in the City of a Thousand Mountains

A film by: David Verbeek

A new phenomenon of authentic Chinese rap has taken the internet by storm. But behind the unprecedented gains in popularity, there is a struggle for freedom of speech. Rappers are trying to figure out what they still can and cannot do after new censorship is announced.

Country: the Netherlands, China
Length: 22’28”
Completion: 11/2018
Genre: documentary
Screening format: DCP, H264, ProRes
Spoken language: Chinese
Subtitle language: English

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Festivals:

  1. International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, the Netherlands (14 – 25 November, 2018)
    Short Film Competition
  2. DOCVILLE – International Documentary Film Festival, Belgium (27 March – 4 April, 2019)
    Outside the Dox
  3. ACT Human Rights Film Festival, United States (5 – 13 April, 2019)
    Official Selection
  4. Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, the Netherlands (3 – 7 April, 2019)
    Dutch Competition
  5. Ismailia Film Festival, Egypt (10 – 16 April, 2019)
    Short Documentary Competition
  6. Rooftop Films, United States (Summer 2019)
  7. Leiden International Short Film Experience, the Netherlands (9 – 12 May, 2019)
    Official Selection
  8. Beat Film Festival, Russia (30 May – 9 June, 2019)
    Official Selection
  9. Spain Moving Images Film Festival, Spain (20 – 30 June, 2019)
    Short Film Competition Won: Best Director & Best Moving Images Discovery
  10. Kinemastik International Short Film Festival, Malta(25 – 27 July, 2019)
    Competition Won: Jury Award
  11. Jecheon International Music & Film Festival, South-Korea (8 – 13 August, 2019)
    Music in Sight
  12. Wiz-Art Lviv International Short Film Festival, Ukraine (19 – 25 August, 2019)
    Competition
  13. MakeDox Creative Documentary Film Festival, Macedonia (21 – 28 August, 2019)
    Short Film Competition
  14. Fest CurtasBH – Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival, Brazil (30 August – 8 September, 2019)
    Youths Section
  15. Duhok International Film Festival, Iraq (9 – 16 September, 2019)
    Short Docs

Director: David Verbeek
Producer: Deep Focus Web Docs: Jos de Putter
Executive producer: Prisca van der Mullen
Cinematographer: David Verbeek
Sound Design & Editing: Quincy Vlijtig
Sound recording: David Verbeek, Prisca van der Mullen
Editor: David Verbeek
Composer: Jegor van Opdorp