Director’s Statement

Art in Smog is about seeking one’s place in an uncertain world and how art sustains the human spirit.

I wanted to make an evocative work, more than an authoritative film with a clear message. Hopefully the film will resonate on the level of human thinking and experience, without pinning the emotional journey to one historical set of events. In a way, I wanted to make the China experience more than a story limited to China. I very insistently refused to have a narrator, as some people suggested, or expert opinions. My voice is in the editing. Of course I chose the interview clips and composed the shots to convey what I felt was most meaningful, but I wanted to leave room for viewers to ponder on their own.

—Lydia Chen