A man on a foggy road standing near a group of sheep.

Still from Wang Bing's film Three Sisters, 2012/2016.

Cinematheque: Children – Evening

CMOA Theater

Free Event


Regardless of age, the potential to grow is innate to us all. Childhood is both the topic of this screening and a state of mind.

Film Showing:

Wang Bing, Three Sisters, 2012/2016. Run time: 2:33:00

Not rated, appropriate for teens and up.

A stark and tender portrayal of three sisters aged 10, 6, and 4, the film documents the dark underside of China’s economic growth in its transition from a state-run to a free-market economy.

New York Times critic’s pick for best documentary, by 2018 Locarno film festival Golden Leopard prizewinning director Wang Bing: “…the unnervingly free wanderings of children left to fend for themselves…Three Sisters… is a form of cinema that begins to feel more like living with the people on screen than merely watching them.” Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, May 5, 2018

“Wang brings us inside the world he is chronicling so thoroughly that, if we watch it in one go, we are apt to lose track of what things outside are like,” the critic Luc Sante wrote of Mr. Wang’s “epic and intimate” cinema.

About Cinematheque

The 2018 International transforms the CMOA Theater into a cinematheque. Taking its name from the French, a cinematheque is a small film house or a film library. Libraries open up a world of knowledge to the public, and the International’s Cinematheque likewise brings to Pittsburgh worlds captured by filmmakers near and far.

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