Low-fi Sci-fi lives, as this wonderful little clip from China makes abundantly clear. Ai Wei Wei, the iconic Chinese dissident, becomes a mysterious figure in this short film from Jason Wishnow set in a dystopian Chinese city of the near future. THE SAND STORM (沙尘暴) should at least teach a bit about water conservation in a Mad Maxian kind of world. This was a kickstarter project meant (as near as I can tell) to be a test platform for a feature length film, but it didn’t pull in the support it was hoping for once the original backers saw the end result. I am of two minds about this, since I thought the production quality was excellent, but I have also seen all the Mad Max Wannabies I will ever require in my life. So I will withhold judgement for now, and keep my eyes open for the next Ai Wei Wei story, and hope for something a bit more robust in the next iteration.