DCP-HD - 2017 - Switzerland - 73 ' and 52' - Color / Black & White

A long way home

A film by Luc Schaedler

The film centers around five of the most significant representatives of contemporary Chinese counterculture: the visual artists the Gao Brothers, the choreographer and dancer Wen Hui, the animation artist Pi San and the poet Ye Fu.

With bravery and subversive wit, they each shed light on the social problems in their country from their unique perspective. What they share is a struggle to come to terms with their respective pasts, all scarred by violence and oppression. Their vision is of a democratic, supportive and humane civil society.

A Long Way Home takes us on a fascinating journey into both the grim days of recent Chinese history and the dazzling cultural scene in present-day China. In doing so, the film poses universal questions that ultimately concern us all: which values determine our cultural identity and in what kind of world do we want to live?

A Long Way Home is an entertaining and moving plea for human solidarity.

Luc Schaedler


Luc Schaedler studied visual anthropology and film at Zurich University. He started as independent documentary filmmaker in 1995. In 2001 he founded his own production company go between films. Schaedler is known for MADE IN HONG KONG (1997): Dok Leipzig (competition), ANGRY MONK (2005): Sundance (World Cinema, nomination Grand Jury Prize), WATERMARKS - THREE LETTERS FROM CHINA (2013): Locarno Filmfestival (Semaine de la critique).

Luc Schaedler


Watermarks (2013)

Angry Monk (2005)

Made In Honk Kong (1997)

Burial Rites (2007)

Naga Identities (2009)

Original language: Chinese
Produced by: go between films


Swiss Distribution: Xenix Filmdistribution