I AM ANOTHER YOU
by Nanfu Wang
When Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang first came to America, Florida seemed like an exotic frontier full of theme parks, prehistoric swamp creatures, and sunburned denizens. As she travels wide-eyed from one city to another, she encounters Dylan, a charismatic young drifter who left a comfortable home and loving family for a life on the streets. Fascinated by his choice and rejection of society's rules, Nanfu follows Dylan with her camera on a journey that spans across years, takes her across America, and explores the meaning of freedom. But as Nanfu delves into Dylan’s world, she discovers something that calls her entire worldview into question.
Director: Nanfu Wang
Producers: Lori Cheatle - Hard Working Movies, Nanfu Wang - Little Horse Crossing The River
Co-producer: Michael Shade
Camera: Nanfu Wang, Michael Shade
Music: Nathan Halpern, Chris Ruggiero
Editing: Nanfu Wang, Michael Shade
DIRECTOR - NANFU WANG
Nanfu Wang is a Chinese-born American filmmaker, best known for documentaries like One Child Nation and Hooligan Sparrow, which explore human rights, activism, and social history in China. Born in a remote farming village in Jiangxi Province, Wang came to the United States in 2011 and became interested in film through her graduate studies at the journalism school of Ohio University and later at New York University's News and Documentary program. Her first film, about the Chinese gender activist Ye Haiyan, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016. Since then, as Wang’s international reputation has grown—One Child Nation, about China’s one-child policy, was shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature at the 92nd Academy Awards—so has the animosity shown toward her by her home country. Her work is consistently banned, false narratives about her are spread online, and she and her crew face continued risks from authorities whenever they film in China.
SXSW 2017 - SPECIAL JURY AWARD〡HOT DOCS 2017〡DOCPOINT HELSINKI 2017〡BAM CINEMA FEST 2017〡DOCVILLE 2018〡ASTRA FILM FESTIVAL 2018 - BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY AWARD〡ZAGREBDOX 2018
"The tale of an existence that resists being judged as much as it does being pigeonholed. The film unravels his mystery like a slacker detective story. Wang is a documentarian who works in a clear-eyed, guileless, strolling-around-with-a-camcorder way, yet she has a tough mindset.”
“An indelible, deceptively straightforward study that offers further evidence of this young director’s investigative energy and eye for cinematic poetry... Wang’s use of the first person is exceptionally agile and illuminating as she questions not just her affable subject, but her own idealized notions about the American spirit of self-determination.”
- Hollywood Reporter
“By bringing an outsider perspective to the Western world, Nanfu pulls apart the American dream from the inside out. Shot over the course of several years, the movie blends an intimate perspective with trenchant investigative chops, uncovering a transitory figure whose romantic ideals give way to a harsh reality check. It turns out her sincere inquisitiveness is actually a keen vessel of cultural investigation."
“Begins as fly-on-the-wall travelography but soon becomes something much more intimate and eye-opening. Wang’s eye for detail is obvious from the film’s opening scene... Wang once again proves adept at profiling the lives of extraordinary individuals with universal
- Screen Daily