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Zhang Ke Jia's blistering cinematic criticisms of life in modern day China have made him an unpopular artist in the upper realms of Chinese government. He's been banned in Beijing three times. Only with the arrival of The World do Zhang's fellow countrymen get to see what he's been doing to wow the West over the past several years.

This time around, Zhang has created a long and free-floating visit inside the walls of Beijing World Park, a sort of low-rent EPCOT that features small-scale replicas of the world's great sites -- the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Manhattan skyline, complete with World Trade Center -- and offers its visitors the chance to "see the world without leaving Beijing," a particularly cruel fate from his point of view.

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