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PROGRAM - Expanded Cinema

Expanded Cinema

Children are Not Afraid of Death, Children are Afraid of Ghosts

DIRECTOR RONG Guang Rong Expanded CinemaAsian Premiere
Nation China 201785minDCPcolor/b&w Documentary
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An encounter between me and the tragic suicide of four brothers and sisters: being caught and held for sneaking into the village where the accident took place, I leave and then wander in the mountains.

  • Review

    An experimental essay by Chinese filmmaker & documentarian Rong Guang Rong. Rong tries to go to a remote mountain village of Guizhou, China to visit children who commit suicide. However, the journey to answer the questions he had as a father reminds him of his fears and memories; it makes him deal with children survivors, bureaucrats and organized crime. What makes children from age 5 to 14 abandon this world? In 2015, the director seeks an answer to this. But he gets arrested, intimidated and even gets his film confiscated. Being in trouble, Rong seeks new ways to notify the incident. The narrative of this film is controversial as it makes people hesitate ethical judgment on a tragedy. This experimental poetic documentary captures the tragedy of the children in difficult image to decipher. Should we support this artistic liberalism? [JANG Byungwon]

  • Credit

    Director RONG Guang Rong
    Screenplay RONG Guang Rong
    Producer CHEN Hua, Ambra CORINTI
    Cinematography RONG Guang Rong
    Art Director WU Wenguang
    Editor RONG Guang Rong
    Sound RONG Guang Rong
    Music LI Qing, LI Weisi


RONG Guang Rong

Born in 1984. In 2008 starts to take part in art exhibitions in China and abroad. In 2011 together with his wife, sinologist and artist Ambra Corinti, he founded Zajia Lab, one of the earliest and most important independent creative spaces and artists-led organizations in Beijing. Children Are Not Afraid of Death, Children Are Afraid of Ghosts is his first long feature film.