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Zhu Rikun

Release year: 2013

Run time: 21 mins

Film type: Documentary


On July 24, 2012, Rikun Zhu opened the door of his hotel room to find police officers standing there, at least eight of them. While driving earlier that day, he had noticed that he was being followed by officers in plain clothes. Zhu is a human rights activist, and he knew he could count on a hostile reception in Jiangxi province. Other activists have been beaten up here, arrested for no reason and even tortured. So when there was a knock on his door at midnight, he turned on a camera placed on his bedside table before seeing who was there. With the excuse of a "room inspection," the horde of policemen barges in. Zhu lights a cigarette. A flabby policeman then walks in, waving his badge. He wants to see some ID, but that turns out to be easier said than done.


Director biography

Zhu Rikun (1976) is a Chinese film director and producer. He is the founder and artistic director of Fanhall Films. In 2003, he started the DOChina documentary festival, and in 2006, he became the program director of the Beijing Independent Film Festival. His directorial work focuses on political themes.

Director's statement

Early in the morning on July 24, 2012, after meeting some friends in Hongkong, I drove a car of my brother back to Shenzhen and got Guo Feixiong and three other friends who take part in human rights protection to the car and went on driving to Xinyu, Jiangxi Province to cheer Liu Ping and two other local independent candidates. They have been oppressed by the government and the police for taking part in the election and other human rights protection events.

We hurried to Xinyu before dawn on July 25. By the time dawn broke, we found a hotel and put our luggage there, then we went to meet Liu Ping and others, went to see a lake where Liu had been imprisoned nearby, and interviewed them about their experiences. While doing these things, we found ourselves tailed. At 11 o'clock at night, we came back to the hotel, there were some police cars and a group of policemen scattering by the building. The owner of the hotel came to us in a hurry and told us that the police had already been into our room before, and said it had never happened before. At 12 o'clock at night, some policemen came to our room and started the so-called 'room inspection.'

As they began to knock at the door, I turned on a small camcorder which was prepared in advance. This short film is the record of such a moment.


  • 2013 Cinéma du Réel, Festival international de films documentaires, International Short Film Competition Special Mention
  • 2013 Italian Documentary Film Festival, Porpori, Best Short Film,
  • 2014 Edinburgh International Short Film Festival, UK, Best Film
  • 2014 Hong Kong Independent Video and Short Film Festival Winner