Children Are Not Afraid of Death, Children Are Afraid of Ghosts

Haizi bu jupa siwang, danshi jupa mogui

Rong Guang Rong

Four brothers and sisters, aged five to fourteen, collectively commit suicide by drinking pesticide: what could drive children to such an act of desperation? In 2015, shortly after this horrific event, documentary maker and artist Rong Guang Rong travelled to the village where the drama took place in the hope of finding an answer to this question. He was not made to feel welcome, however: he was arrested, intimidated and sent away, and his footage seized. He was nevertheless able to finish his film, and the result is an experimental, poetic documentary in which the filmmaker reflects, principally on the basis of his own children and his fears and dreams, on the demons in the lives of the four brothers and sisters: hunger, poverty, insecurity, parents who let them down, and the indifference of those around them. Winner NETPAC Award IFFR 2017

Screenings

  • Cinerama 3
    English subtitles
    Fri 27 Jan Buy
  • Cinerama 5
    English subtitles
    Sat 28 Jan Buy
  • LantarenVenster 2
    English subtitles
    Sun 29 Jan Buy
  • Kino 3
    English subtitles
    Tue 31 Jan Buy
  • Cinerama 3
    English subtitles
    Thu 2 Feb Buy
  • Cinerama 4
    English subtitles
    Sat 4 Feb Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Rong Guang Rong
Premiere
World premiere
Country
China
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
85’
Language
Mandarin
Producer
Ambra Corinti, Hua Chen
Production Company
Zajia Lab
Sales
Zajia Lab
Writer
Rong Guang Rong, Tu Qing-yun
Cinematography
Rong Guang Rong
Editor
Rong Guang Rong
Music
Qing Li