Ajyal Film Festival 2024

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Commodity City

Ajyal Competition

Jessica Kingdon / Short Documentary / United States of America / 2016 / 11 min / Colour / DCP
In Mandarin / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Documentary


A visually stunning observational documentary exploring the daily lives of vendors who work in the largest wholesale market in the world. Set in the Yiwu Markets in China, 'Commodity City' examines the subtle interactions that occur amongst hoards of dolls, flowers, neon signs, clocks, and other consumer goods. It captures the fleeting moments of tension between commerce and individuality, between the goods for sale and the humans who sell them.

About the Directors

Jessica Kingdon is a Chinese-American director/producer named one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine in 2017. Her award-winning Vimeo Staff Pick short 'Commodity City' was shortlisted for a Cinema Eye Honor and has played at over 50 film festivals including Rotterdam, True/False and Sheffield. Her upcoming feature documentary 'Untitled PRC Project' is an SFFilm Doc Fund recipient and participated in the 2017 Spotlight on Documentary IFP Film Week.


Jessica Kingdon
Daniel Cooper, Kira Simon-Kennedy
Daniel Garcia, Jessica Kingdon
Jessica Kingdon

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