Thursday, March 16, 2017

‘I Am Another You’: How SXSW Award-Winner Nanfu Wang Finds the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Nanfu Wang follows up her highly acclaimed ‘Hooligan Sparrow’ with a deceptively complex take on contemporary American life.

In Nanfu Wang’s SXSW award-winning doc I Am Another You, what seems like a fairly straightforward portrait of a disarmingly charming “homeless by choice” young man ends up leaving you questioning the very meaning of freedom. The film’s artfully constructed three-act structure begins with Wang joining her protagonist, Dylan, in an Americana adventure that recalls the boxcar freighthopping days of yore. The cameras revisit Dylan over several years and much more becomes revealed about both his inner demons, and those of the United States at large.

Wang’s own story is almost as compelling as her subject’s. She came to the US from China, where she had never even experimented with filmmaking. After discovering a love for documentary films, she enrolled as a Masters student at NYU Film School, and started shooting I Am Another You in her first semester.

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