Bandeau Dead Souls by Wang Bing

Dead Souls


Wang Bing

In Gansu Province, northwest China, lie the remains of countless prisoners abandoned in the Gobi Desert sixty years ago. Designated as “ultra-rightists” in the Communist Party’s Anti-Rightist campaign of 1957, they starved to death in the Jiabiangou and Mingshui reeducation camps. The film invites us to meet the survivors of the camps to find out firsthand who these persons were, the hardships they were forced to endure and what became their destiny.

Festivals & Awards

Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival – Grand Prize – 2019



Masterful, heart-wrenching, harrowing and essential.



A immensely perceptive piece.

The Hollywood Reporter


A monumental achievement.

Sight & Sound


A powerfully sobering and clear-eyed investigation.


Original title: Les âmes mortes

Production: Les Films d'Ici, CS Productions, Adok Films

Nationality: France - Switzerland

Year of production: 2018

Running time: 496'

Language: Mandarin

Ratio: 1.85



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