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GERMAN artist Karren Bauer has launched a unique mobile theater in Shanghai, offering audiences the chance to watch a short documentary film while riding in the back of a truck.

The rear of the truck has been altered to include seats for the audience. One wall is made of glass so that at regular intervals, the backdrop opens and the audience can watch the scenery as the truck drives around the suburbs of Shanghai.

Bauer said the idea is about motion and getting people to think.

"When people are driving on the road, different thoughts and ideas will pop into their minds as they enjoy views that are constantly changing," Bauer said. "Moving makes people think."

The truck departs from Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone and drives around Pudong New Area before returning to the starting point after two hours.

The movie, which is divided into several parts during the journey, is about the lives of two Chinese truck drivers.

The movie is meant to describe their hypothetical journey from Shangqiu, Henan Province, to Shanghai.

When the audience arrives, the giant window is covered by a backdrop. The movie starts with the two truck drivers in Shangqiu.

"The truck you are sitting in was once used to transport 14,000 live chickens for KFC. Now that you are sitting here, you'd better fasten your seat belts," one of the drivers, Li Yunhu, said in the movie.

Li has been a truck driver for seven years and he acts in the movie as well as drives the truck around Pudong.

After each segment of the movie, the backdrop is removed and the audience can see what is happening out on the streets.

Bauer said real drivers were used for the movie because accidents involving trucks have been a hot-button issue of late.

"People are talking about truck drivers everywhere, always complaining about their bad driving and causing accidents," Bauer said.

"But they don't know anything about their struggles to make a living."

The mobile theater is available until Tuesday and the truck departs at 5pm each day. People can get tickets, which are free, at 220 Taikang Road, Room 303 or dial 150-0193-8277 for more information.


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