One Day as Usual
Release year: 2012
Run time: 11 mins
Film type: Drama
As the title suggests, this is the daily life of a grassroots cadre, where the day is white and the night is black. There are many stories in small towns, and stories like this are commonplace. What is really thoughtful is that many bad things in society have become a daily part of life because they are ignored, acquiesced to or even talked about because they do not concern us. If this goes on it will fulfil the saying: "When an avalanche comes, no snowflake is innocent".
Yang Pingdao is a writer and director based in Guangdong province. He was born in Yangchun, Guangdong, in 1980, and graduated in film directing from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts. His documentaries have attended festivals in Beijing, Kunming, Xian, Leipzig, and London. On his incorporation of living and dead family members into his work, he says “I sensed when my grandmother was going to die… I felt powerless at that critical time, but I hope to do something this time. After a long time of deliberation, I thought the only thing I was able to do was to make a film about our family.”