Ascension

Documentary Competition

World Premiere

FEATURE | United States | 97 MINUTES | Chinese | English subtitles

ASCENSION

Documentary

Factory workers diligently parse fabrics and prepare plastic products—like water bottles and binoculars—in clusters and in an assembly line. Men weld metal cylinders with precision, and a networking conference devotes its attention to training a predominantly female audience how to excel in business etiquette. 


These and many other absorbing vignettes are what make up the central focus of Jessica Kingdon’s Ascension: an exploration of contemporary China’s identity as it relates to its vision of consumerism, innovation, and social standing. Kingdon’s rich and unobtrusive access into these arenas captures revealing moments with impressive patience and restraint—but also with surprising moments of humor. The film’s curious and observational lens delivers a hypnotic quality in its visuals, immersing the viewer in the stark differences between social classes, and how the struggles of the working class are laid bare in trying to realize the “Chinese Dream.” Implementing a large-scale visual canvas, Kingdon scrutinizes China’s imposing standing as a global superpower and embeds the viewer in the work ethic and lifestyle of its citizens—showcasing their collective pursuit of success through hard labor and material wealth.
—Jose Rodriguez

Choose a screening time

DATE PASSED
Available Starting
Sun June 13 - 6:00 PM
At Home
$15
* PER CAR
DATE PASSED

Streaming Tribeca at Home is not available outside the USA

Purchased films remain available to stream on demand from above date through June 22

2021 Award Winner. Get your Tribeca At Home Awards Pass to watch online. See the full list of 2021 Award Winners here.

Co-hosted by:


CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Jessica Kingdon

Jessica Kingdon directed Commodity City and Routine Island, and co-directed It’s Coming!. She was recognized by 25 New Faces of Independent Film and as one of DOC NYC’s 40 Under 40. Her work received support from organizations including San Francisco International Film Festival, Chicken & Egg, Cinereach, and Sundance.

Director
Jessica Kingdon
Producer
Kira Simon-Kennedy, Jessica Kingdon, Nathan Truesdell
Cinematographer
Jessica Kingdon, Nathan Truesdell
Composer
Dan Deacon
Editor
Jessica Kingdon
Executive Producer
Ryan Kampe, David Dolby, Natasha Dolby, Kathryn Everett, Bryn Mooser, Tony Hsieh
Associate Producer
Maggie Li, An Xiao Mina
Co-Executive Producer
Justin Lacob, Andy Hsieh
Co- Executive Producer
Justin Lacob, Andy Hsieh
Original Score
Dan Deacon

CONTACTS

Print Source
Tarek Shoukri
Visit Films
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: 718 312 8210
ts@visitfilms.com
International Sales Contact
Ryan Kampe
Visit Films
Brooklyn, New York 11222
Phone: 718 312 8210
info@visitfilms.com
US Sales Contact
Ryan Kampe
Visit Films
Brooklyn, New York 11222
Phone: 718 312 8210
info@visitfilms.com
Press Contact
Susan Norget
Susan Norget Film Promotion
New York, NY 10010
Phone: 917 833 3056
susan@norget.com