Ou Ning/ 2006/85min
Meishi Street shows ordinary citizens taking a stand against the planned destruction of their homes for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, after the Beijing Municipal Government ordered the demolition of entire neighbourhoods to widen traffic routes. Several evictees of Meishi Street, located next to Tiananmen Square, fought through endless red tape and the indifference of fellow citizens for the right to keep their homes. Given video cameras by the filmmakers, they shot exclusive footage of the eviction process, adding vivid intimacy to their story.
Acclaimed at over two dozen museums and galleries around the world, Meishi Street, by renowned visual artist Ou Ning, works as both art and activism, calling worldwide attention to lives being demolished in the name of progress.