Platform (2000) directed by Zhangke Jia is an acclaimed film and regarded by many as one of the best films of the 2000s about China. The former documentary film maker and festival favorite has the meandering style that is so valued among certain film goers. In this film Zhangke chronicles the changes in China society as reflected in the life and activities of a traveling troupe of entertainers who put on shows in Outer Mongolia-a physically distinct place that is almost a character in Zhangke's film. It chronicles the move from Maoism to free markets, from 1980 to the 1990s. The treatment is mostly distant; we rarely see anyone in a closeup, and the point of view is as critical of liberalization (embodied in bad rock and the accompanied go-go dancing) as it is of the cult of Mao (performed in the socialist-patriotic opera at the beginning of the movie). It is an interesting look at people and a country in flux.