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Author: Carol-Mei Barker

Riddles of the Sphinx: An interview with Zhang Mengqi

For Zhang Mengqi, the belief that Chinese people urgently need to ask questions about their nation’s past is what led her to the legend of the Sphinx: “In Greek mythology, the Sphinx is the guardian of all knowledge,” she explains, “only if you can answer the Sphinx’s riddles, can you continue to move towards the truth.”   The eighth installment of Zhang’s “Self Portrait” documentary series, Sphinx in 47 KM (2018), holds at its core the philosophy of asking questions in order to move forward. Filmed entirely in her father’s village, Diaoyutai, located 47 km from Zhang’s hometown, Suizhou,...

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