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Good Students and Bad Students

Xiao Hu

Release year: 2020

Run time: 115mins

Film type: documentary


A small mountain village on the border between China and Vietnam, a small mountain village, a group of happy, angry, sad and joyful people, passed away here or on that slope, in the past or in the future, reunited or separated, in the flowing days. In the process of globalization, rural areas are gradually eroded by foreign forces, social forms are gradually dispersed, the role and influence of traditional culture continue to decrease, and it is dissolved by foreign culture. The countryside, as a transfusion area, continues to provide resources for urban and industrial development. The urban-rural relationship of urban exploitation and oppression of rural areas determines the gradual loss of rural areas in Chinese education. Rapid social modernization has caused discomfort in social lifestyles, ethics, beliefs, etc., and may push all spiritual things to the market and commercialize, causing profound social and spiritual crises.


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.