Nancy Moss, PhD

Staff Consultant of San Francisco State University


“Missing Home: The Last Days of Beijing Hutongs is a terrific documentary. Since 2005 I’ve wandered through the remainders of Beijing’s hutongs many times, enthralled by the urban gardens, sidewalk vendors, tasty snacks, lively inquiries, and rich streetside life. Weimin Zhang’s film brilliantly captures the vibrant culture and family life at the heart of the hutongs, along with the sad tale of family displacement, separation and grief, and architectural destruction. The filmmaker invites the audience to walk with her on a poignant journey into this vanishing world.”