Ascension is a mesmerising portrait of the brave new world of consumerist China and the people working on the frontline of the ascendant new style of turbo-capitalism. Chinese-American director Jessica Kingdon maintains an unobtrusive, observational style as we witness surreal scenes on the production lines of factories making everything from artificial trees to sex dolls and bizarre business-cult training sessions to obsessively target aspirational new consumers. Despite its non-judgemental style, the film effectively highlights the contradictions and class divisions in a rapidly changing society.

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