Shanghai Banzai – it’s an ironic short documentary about an old and poor district nearby Vilnius city centre called Snipiskes, which is also known as Shanghai. Film exposes a paradoxical situation where countryside with its multicultural (Lithuanians, Russians, Polish, Gypsies) community exists in the very centre of Vilnius. Also film tries to find out the origin of district’s nickname Shanghai. Film portraits inhabitants of Vilnius Shanghai, who have their own rules, loves, habits and sins. Most of them live in their Past still remembering their youth. Now modern skyscrapers exchange old wooden houses and nobody knows what is waiting for “characters” of Shanghai.
Jurate Samulionyte was born in 1983 in Jonava. In 2007 Jurate got her MA in Film and TV directing at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. She worked on several Lithuanian and foreign productions as a director assistant, script supervisor and as a producer assistant. She is also developing her skills as a screenwriter.
Noroutine (2007), Shanghai Banzai (2010)