Shangri-La (Paradise Under Construction)
In a travelogue through Shangri-La, a Tibetan tourist area named after the fictional paradise, the filmmaker excavates the many layers of fact and fiction.
A travelogue through Shangri-La, a fictitious paradise from the British classic novel Lost Horizon. Twenty years ago, scientific evidence seemed to indicate that a Tibetan tourist spot in China was the real Shangri-La. In her search for the truth behind this supposed evidence, the filmmaker excavates the myriad layers of fact and fiction within the area. What words and images have attached themselves to facts? How do stories come into being? And how do they shape reality?
90' / colour
Original title: SHANGRI-LA (PARADISE UNDER CONSTRUCTION)
Dir: Mirka Duijn
Prod: De Productie - Annemiek van Gorp, René Goossens
Sc: Mirka Duijn
D.O.P.: Marc de Meijer
Completed: winter 2020 / spring 2021
Language: English, Dutch, Chinese
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