Original Name:Ascension
English Name:Ascension
Year: 2021
Run Time: 96 min
Language: Mandarin
Type (Colour/ Black & White): Colour
Country: USA
Director:Jessica Kingdon
Producer: Kira Simon-Kennedy, Jessica Kingdon, Nathan Truesdell
Cinematographer: Jessica Kingdon, Nathan Truesdell
Editor:Jessica Kingdon
Music Composer: Dan Deacon
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  • Tribeca FF 2021
  • Tallinn Black Nights FF 2021
  • Hamptons IFF 2021
  • Cairo IFF 2021
  • Zurich FF 2021

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2020 It's Coming! (Doc Short)
  • 2017 Routine Island (Doc Short)
  • 2017 Commodity City (Doc Short)

Director’s Biography:

Jessica Kingdon

New York-based Jessica Kingdon is a director/producer named one of “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine and selected for the 2020 DOC NYC “40 Under 40” list. Her award-winning short Commodity City (2017) is an observational documentary about the world’s largest wholesale mall in Yiwu, China. It was shortlisted for a Cinema Eye Honour and has played at over 50 film festivals including Rotterdam, True/False and Sheffield. She co-directed the short It's Coming! (2020), which is currently playing festivals, and Routine Island (2019), which is included in The Eyeslicer Season 2. Her producer credits include Tania Cypriano’s Born To Be, Ian Bell’s 808: How We Respond, Nathan Truesdell’s The Water Slide, and Johnny Ma’s Old Stone.


Ascension is an impressionistic portrait of China’s industrial supply chain that reveals the country’s growing class divide through staggering observations of labor, consumerism and wealth. The documentary portrays capitalism in China across the levels of its operation, from the crudest mine to the most rarefied forms of leisure. Accordingly, the film is structured in three parts, ascending through the levels of the capitalist structure: workers running factory production, the middle-class training for and selling to aspirational consumers, and the elites revelling in a new level of hedonistic enjoyment. In traveling up the rungs of China’s social ladder, we see how each level supports and makes possible the next while recognizing the contemporary "Chinese Dream" remains an elusive fantasy for most.