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Forgotten Loyalty

Xiao Hu

Release year: 2021

Run time: 88mins

Film type: documentary


The war history and family life of Nong Jianzhong, a Zhuang Vietnam War veteran, have exposed a lot of absurd political lies. The emperor's new clothes will eventually be revealed to be a farce. The lonely sail has landed and is independent. Everything is empty. The grandson represents the future, the old man represents the past, and the lies of authoritarianism have persisted across generations and have not disappeared. He was full of revolutionary feelings, nostalgic for the past, and recited revolutionary songs. However, after demobilization and return to his hometown, he was "oppressed by revolutionary comrades" due to the family planning policy. Some anti-party elements transformed into revolutionaries and occupied high positions. And the vast number of ordinary combatants he represents have been forgotten by the country, society, and families. He is contradictory and tangled. He recognizes the Communist Party but is dissatisfied with the Communist Party. This is a film that allows us to understand the underlying mentality of China's lower-class farmers in the post-Cultural Revolution era after experiencing various absurd and rigid political policies.


Director biography

Xiao Hu, a young photographer and independent documentary filmmaker, has spent nearly a decade working and living on the border between northwest and southwest China since graduating from university. In addition to working for institutional or public welfare organizations, he has long been committed to independent field investigations in his spare time. His photo series "The Road in a Foreign Land: Seeking Yao" was shortlisted for the 4th China Ethnic Image Documentary Biennial Exhibition; "Southern Xinjiang" was shortlisted for the "See You Again 2022" special screening; "Changes in the Yao people" was shortlisted for the 2nd Ethnic Film and TV and Ethnographic Works Collection; "Ordinary Corner" was shortlisted for the 4th Korea International Ethnographic Film Festival, the 5th station screening and dialogue of Langya Images, the 2022 WAFF Youth Filmmaker Program, and the 2022 Guangxi Ethnic Image Exhibition; "From Old to Young" was shortlisted for the 35th China Golden Rooster Awards, the 3rd Huawei New Image Mobile Film Project, the Optics Valley WH Youth Image Exhibition, and the 13th Macau International Microfilm Festival in 2023; "Philosopher in the Mountains" was shortlisted for the 3rd Asian International Youth Film Festival in 2023, the 13th "Chronicle of Light and Shadow" China Documentary Academy Awards, and the inaugural Ideal Country Art Film Festival in 2024; "Childhood is Burning" was selected for the Tokyo Rairai Yamagata 2023 Art Festival - screening session, and the 13th "Chronicle of Light and Shadow" China Documentary Academy Awards. Documentaries such as "Southern Xinjiang", "Ordinary Corner", "From Old to Young", "Philosopher in the Mountain", and "Childhood is Burning" have been included in the Chinese independent film streaming platform CathayPlay, and have also been permanently collected by the Anthropological Image Library of Renmin University of China.