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Children's Village

Zou Xueping

Release year: 2012

Run time: 85 mins

Film type: Documentary

Synopsis

This film is the third I have made for the Memory Project, returning again to the same village. At the beginning of 2012, in winter, while continuing my interviewing there, I began investigating and gathering statistics on deaths during the Three Year Famine. I also began soliciting donations for a memorial for those who had died then. Kids from 10 to 15-years-old voluntarily joined these activities, taking the video camera I gave them, visiting old folks, interviewing, and getting statistics and donations. This project gave them a first opportunity to learn about and appreciate their village's history. With the help of these "Little Angels", I suddenly no longer felt alone in the village. I could see the future and its hopes. This film completes my three-film Zou Village Series.

 

Director biography

Zou Xueping was born in 1985 in Binzhou, Shandong Province, where she returned to shoot two documentaries, including this one. She graduated in 2009 from the China Academy of Fine Arts and was a resident artist at Wu Wenguang’s Caochangdi Workstation. In addition to three documentaries, Zou has written a theatre piece, Family Opposition (2011), and performed with the Living Dance Studio.