Xiaofei Li: “think critically”

Within this community, where life goes on as usual, through these ordinary, pedestrian, common, plain and sincere individual experiences, and phases of life, how can we build a society of the self, to examine the current singular and enduring modes of thinking, and how to influence the space of people’s existence and communication in a long-term way within the socio-political and economic structures.

What are the most challenging aspects of being a filmmaker?

Every aspect of making a film is not easy.

What is your source of inspiration for this short film?

Since 2010, when I first began the Assembly Line Project, I have visited, conducted interviews and taken footage of over 200 different kinds of factories.
I AM THE PEOPLE 1 | Poster
Xiaofei Li

What is the theme of this film?

How can we build a society of the self to examine the current singular and enduring modes of thinking?

How do you decide on possible ways to promote your film when you are on a tight budget?

Participate in film festivals as much as possible.

How important do you think distribution is in today's marketplace?

I don’t have experience with this handy, so I don’t know.

For those considering self-distribution, what is your advice?


How significant do you think short films are for someone venturing into directing films?

Everybody has to start somewhere, The short film is the starting point for the director to start the film.

What was the worst challenge of your career so far? How did you take it over?

Because of Covid19, it is difficult for me to enter the factory to shoot footage.

What are the factors to making a good film?

Continuous work

Is there anything you would change if you could go back to the beginning?

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