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Children are not afraid of Death, Children are afraid of Ghosts

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Children are not afraid of Death, Children are afraid of Ghosts

DIR. Rong Guang Rong
DOCUMENTARY/EXPERIMENTAL
China, 2017
IN MANDARIN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
85 MINS
UK PREMIER

The amazingly-titled Children are not afraid of Death, Children are afraid of Ghosts announces the arrival of an exciting new talent in Chinese independent cinema in Rong Guang Rong. A challenging mix of documentary, animation and experimental filmmaking, the film sees the director investigating the story of the group suicide of children in a small village deep in the mountains of Guizhou in 2015. As he tries to get to the bottom of the mystery and to uncover why the children apparently took their lives by drinking pesticide, he comes up against government officials and organised crime who try to block his efforts. It becomes increasingly clear that the local authorities don’t want him there, and their campaign against Rong sees him being intimidated and arrested, his camera and footage being seized.

Despite this, Rong finds highly creative ways to complete his film, which emerges as a fascinatingly multi-layered work, experimental, poetic and challenging in the ways in explores not only the case itself, but the societal conditions of hunger, poverty and insecurity which might have led to it. At the same time he reflects on his own fears and hopes for his children, and the result is a stunning and highly personal film which is haunting and deeply philosophical, offering a troubling portrait of modern day China that’s impossible to shake, even after the credits have rolled.

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