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Half Grave Half Beast

Shen Jie

Release year: 2020

Run time: 71 mins

Film type: Documentary


I finally climbed out of the “cave house” to offer a sacrifice—— Home—hometown—the Chinese incense burning ancestral land—an array of half grave, half beast faces that follow a collective and tragic fate. I was tossed into this “half grave half beast” world, which has continuously demanded my “sacrifice” through "sacrifice". The attack on dreams projects onto the individual’s frightening and arduous path towards existentialism.


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.