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Ghost Festival

Shen Jie

Release year: 2012

Run time: 46 mins

Film type: Documentary


The Ghost Festival: the "figurative image of the theocratic system" of "Heaven, Earth, the Monarch, Relatives, and Teachers". On Ghost Day 2010, my 80-year-old mother mourns her father and third sister in the old family hall. A stationary machine locks the tablet of the Heaven, Earth, the Monarch, Relatives, and Teachers. The lit candles illuminate Heaven, Earth, the Monarch, Relatives, and Teachers, and in front of the tablet, under the dim light, my mother sits in the centre of the hall with a fan shaking, asking me questions, pursuing and pressing me, and thus my father, my three sisters, my family, my clan, my village, and my country are on display.


Director biography

Shen Jie, a graduate of Guizhou University, is a member of the editorial board of Film Auteur and has been making documentaries since 2010. His works have been exhibited at Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver International Documentary Film Festival, Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival, French New Caledonia International Documentary Film Festival, Beijing Independent Film Festival, China Independent Film Festival, West Lake International Documentary Film Festival, and won the Jury Prize at the London Chinese Video Festival, the Golden Lotus Award for Best Documentary, and the Special Jury Prize at the Phoenix Video Documentary Conference. They have been awarded Top Ten of the China Independent Film Festival and Hong Kong Chinese Documentary Film Festival and third place at the Hong Kong Chinese Documentary Film Festival.