2022 Broadcast Nominations Announced

Ascension

Directed by Jessica Kingdon Produced by Jessica Kingdon, Kira Simon-Kennedy, Nathan Truesdell

Distributor/Streamer MTV Documentary Films

Mesmerizing in its imagery, Ascension is an impressionistic portrait of China’s growing class divide through staggering observations of labor, consumerism and wealth. The film is structured in three parts, ascending through the levels of the capitalist structure: workers running factory production, the middle class selling to aspirational consumers, and the elites reveling 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.