THE IRON MINISTRY
2014, HD video, color, 5.1 surround sound, 83 minutes
A Film by J.P. Sniadecki
Filmed over three years on what will soon be the world's largest railway network, THE IRON MINISTRY traces the vast interiors of a country on the move: flesh and metal, clangs and squeals, light and dark, and language and gesture.
Filmed over three years on China’s railways, THE IRON MINISTRY traces the vast interiors of a country on the move: flesh and metal, clangs and squeals, light and dark, language and gesture. Scores of rail journeys come together into one, capturing the thrills and anxieties of social and technological transformation. THE IRON MINISTRY immerses audiences in fleeting relationships and uneasy encounters between humans and machines on what will soon be the world's largest railway network.
Image / Sound / Edit: J.P. Sniadecki Co-Producers: Joshua Neves and J.P. Sniadecki Sound Design & Mix: Ernst Karel Translation: J.P. Sniadecki, Xu Man, Mo Yunxuan, Li Jie, Zhu Rikun
Director J.P. Sniadecki answers questions about the making of THE IRON MINISTRY in an interview with Cinema Scope editor and Locarno Head of Programming Mark Peranson. Download the pdf here.
Find a video interview with JP Sniadecki from the RIDM Festival here.