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Ordinary Corner

Xiao Hu

Release year: 2022

Run time: 129mins

Film type: documentary


On the border between China and Vietnam, there is a mountain village primary school. On one side of the school is the police station, on the other side is the border defense company. Below the school is the village committee and surrounded by villages. The People's Liberation Army, police, villagers, volunteer teachers from other provinces, and representatives of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China intersect here. They live parallel lives in seemingly the same space, but they intersect in the joys, sorrows, and sorrows of being "mobilized" in the era of the epidemic. This kind of The intersection creates a bit of a magical and ethereal feeling. The lonely moments of those teenagers and even "left-behind" adults means that in a set environment, at least part of one's time, spirit, and state should be refused to be mobilized. They are all birds that only fly on the top of the mountain, and should not be trapped in a cage covered by time, space, current events, and era.


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.