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Love Song for Living, Love Song for the Dead

Zhang Ping

Release year: 2019

Run time: 69 mins

Film type: Documentary


A report written by my father 28 years ago, the only sound he made in his silent life. In this old book store, there sits a file about a man who was characterized as a Rightist.


Director biography

Zhang Ping was born in Hunan Province in 1978. Between 2000 and 2011 she lived and worked in Tibet, followed by a year in Yunnan Province. Since 2012 she has been based in Beijing working as an independent writer and filmmaker. Her films include No Land (2015), Healing Balm (2017), Love Song of the Living, Love Song of the Dead (2018), and Landscape: Green and White (2018). She has also published two non-fiction books.

Director's statement

This is my third film. I don’t talk about my father any more: enough is enough. A report written in 1978 popped up accidently during house cleaning. It was signed by my father at the end. I found a file in an old bookstore, written by Shen Dexing. He was labelled a Rightist, and abandoned in a village for his rest life. From then on, he kept petitioning. This has commonalities with my father’s story; the two different stories support each other, which is the basis of my story.