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Nearly 10 years in the making, Jill Li’s revelatory debut film—a documentary about the struggle against corruption in South China—follows the grassroots movement for justice led by a group of people from the fishing port of Wukan. The film begins in 2011, shortly after protests broke out against local Communist Party officials who had been secretly selling off community-owned land. With astonishing access, Li (acting as her own cinematographer) observes the key figures galvanizing a local revolution as they go from hard-won triumphs to, gradually, the same malfeasance and lies they had originally condemned. Lost Course offers a timely and deeply affecting look at government wrongdoing and its infective reach into even the most idealistic minds. An Icarus Films release.