Heralded Chinese writer/director Jia Zhangke, whose latest film A Touch Of Sin premiered earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival (winning the Best Screenplay prize) and will screen at the upcoming New York Film Festival, is a filmmaker known for his minimalist works—both fiction and documentary, short and feature-length—that predominantly focus on the marginalized and disenfranchised citizens of China while also engaging with globalization and life in the country’s socioeconomic environment. This illuminating Asia Society interview from 2010 sees Jia detailing his work in terms of social consciousness, physical space/locations, and his role in the history of independent Chinese cinema as opposed to state-and-censor-approved filmmaking. He also discusses the realist aesthetic that he and many other contemporary Chinese directors utilize in order to reflect the current reality of their home country. The video contains clips from many of Jia’s own movies as well as others that he mentions during the talk.