16-22 November 2015

铁-道 (The Iron Ministry)

John Paul Sniadecki

Country: United States
Year: 2014
Format: Digital
Length: 83 min
Image: Colour
Language: Chinese
Subtitles: Catalan, English

Producer: J.P. Sniadecki
Screenplay: J.P. Sniadecki
Photography: J.P. Sniadecki
Editor: J.P. Sniadecki
Sound: J.P. Sniadecki, Ernst Karel

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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, fleeting relationships and uneasy encounters between humans and machines on what will soon be the world’s largest railway network.


J.P. Sniadecki (Michigan, 1979) is a filmmaker and anthropologist and lectures on filmmaking in the Department of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University. His films include Yumen (2013), People’s Park (2012) and Foreign Parts (2010). 



  1. Festival del film Locarno
  2. FIC Valdivia
  3. Viennale