Mr. Wong’s World (Die Häuser des Mr. Wong) (2007)
In the midst of China’s booming industrial revolution, the city of Shanghai provides ample evidence of rising economic prosperity. With many businesses looking towards the future, Mr. Wong prefers to invest in the past. A wealthy Chinese-Canadian billionaire, Mr. Wong is spending his fortune salvaging historical buildings in Shanghai, discreetly under the radar of the Chinese government. His dream is to create a historical utopia, in which artistic and cultural exchange can flourish. Mr. Wong’s world is a compelling and critical look at the ethics, strategies and alliances necessary to preserve China’s past in the modern era.
Born in Berlin, Christian Schidlowski studied directing and script writing at ‘Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie’ in Berlin. In 2004 he graduated from the New York University with the documentary film
7 Days in the Life of My Friends. Since 2001 he has worked as an independent author, director and editor for various documentaries and reportages for national and international broadcasters.