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

Rong Guang Rong

IFFR 2017

Bright Future

  • 85'
  • China
  • 2017

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

Director
Rong Guang Rong
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
China
Production Year
2017
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
85'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Haizi bu jupa siwang, danshi jupa mogui
Language
Mandarin
Producers
Ambra Corinti / Zajia Lab, Hua Chen
Production Company
Zajia Lab
Sales
Zajia Lab
Screenplay
Rong Guang Rong, Tu Qing-yun
Cinematography
Rong Guang Rong
Editor
Rong Guang Rong
Music
Qing Li