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Fool’s Village

Zou Xueping

Release year: 2015

Run time: 74 mins

Film type: Documentary


This is my fifth time coming back to my own village, where I was born and brought up. After I graduated from college, when I was staying in my village, I was always suspected and judged by the villagers. Grandpa Xizhu was called ‘fool’ by other villagers, and Aunty Zengxiang was looked down on by others. They come into my life, and I stayed with them. Their naïve and strange thoughts made think about my village in a new way. In this quite ‘normal’ village, who are normal people? In those normal people’s eyes, am I another village fool?


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.