On the night of August 12th, 2015, a massive chemical explosion ripped through Tianjin’s Binhai New Area district, killing 173 people, injuring hundreds more, and causing an estimated $1.1 billion in damage.
Three years later, with many of the traces of that catastrophic blast fading from public memory, Chinese filmmaker Zhou Na has published a short documentary looking at the aftermath of the tragedy from the perspective of those survivors whose lives will never be the same.
“I have spent three years collecting accounts and examining how survivors and families have coped since that traumatic event,” Zhou writes. “I document the lingering pain, to resist public forgetting and indifference. Hundreds of photographs bear witness to the broken windows, scorched facades, and environmental contamination, attesting to the mass destruction and disruption of the private spaces that were once called home.”