In the 1930’s Westerners in Tientsin’s European concessions lived an exotic adventure largely insulated from the horrors of China’s civil war and Japanese occupation. Tientsin Diaries is a fictional documentary about the courtship of Misha and Natasha, whose Oriental idyll begins to unravel with the outbreak of WWII. Using actors, family photographs and newsreels, the film recreates the lost world of Russian exiles against the backdrop of the collapse of pre-revolutionary China. Funded by an Artist Trust Gap Grant.
“a film that points to a new direction in documentary filmmaking.“
True/False Film Festival
True/False Film Festival, Bellingham, Washington
Local Sightings, Seattle, Washington
Old China Hands International Reunion, Portland, Oregon