As Time Goes by in Shanghai

Uli Gaulke


Shanghai’s Peace Old Jazz Band has been performing together since 1980, but the group’s members have been playing much longer than that. Aged between 65 and 87 years, many of them have been playing jazz since the 1940s and have seen the world transform. From the Japanese occupation and the Cultural Revolution to capitalism on overdrive, the band members have seen the many faces of China and withstood the government’s suspicions of jazz. Through ages of political upheaval they never lost their faith and belief in their music. Now comes one of their biggest challenges: each year Rotterdam hosts the North Sea Jazz Festival and this year, Peace Old Jazz plans to make the trip. Follow them and director Uli Gaulke as they make the hopeful journey to win the love of the festival’s audiences.

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Writer, Director born 1968 in Schwerin

1989 – 1995 Studies of Physics at Humboldt University Berlin and Informatik at Technische Universität Berlin, studies of theatre science at FU Berlin

1992 – 1999 Projectionst in the various cinemas in berlin / founder of the cinema BALASZ (1994)

1995 – 2003 studies of directing at Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen “Konrad Wolf”

since 1999 director/author Film + TV

2001 Winner of the German Film Price „LOLA“ for the Best Documentary with HAVANNA MI AMOR

2007 Grand Jury Prize Nomination SUNDANCE for COMRADES IN DREAMS

since 2006 Member of the German Film Academy

since 2007 Teacher for masterclasses in Bolivia, India, Russia, Germany, North Korea, Vietnam

2010 Member of the Masterclass 3D FILMMAKING AND STORYTELLING of the European Film Academy with Alain Derobe (3D Supervisor of PINA by Wim Wenders)

2012 Film Retrospective Moskau

2018 Fellowship ARTIST IN RESIDENCE in Hong Kong


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