One Says No

Zhao Dayong
2020, People’s Republic of China, 96 minutes, Mandarin with English subtitles

The feature documentary One Says No traces the expansions and contractions of gentrificiation and urban development in China's Jilin Province. Chronicling the life of an activist who aims to resist and challenge property developers, filmmaker Zhao Dayong points towards the perflexing power relations between government and citizens. Filmed in the tradition of observational cinema, One Says No is a poignant portrait of a village in flux.