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Rough Poetry

Zhao Dayong

Release year: 2008

Run time: 50 mins

Film type: Experimental film


A policeman is shut in a cage with some guys. He pontificates, as well as having them read out his poems…


Director biography

Zhao Dayong currently resides in New York. In his early years, he was involved in painting and later transitioned to become an advertising director in the late 1990s. In 2004, he started his independent film journey, directing both documentaries and fictions. In 2007, he released his first documentary, "Street Life," followed by the documentary "Glost Town" in 2008, and "My Father's House" in 2010. In the same year, he directed the narrative film "High Life," an experimental short film titled "Rough Poetry," and the 2014 fiction "Shadow Days." In 2018, he directed "One Says No." His works have been selected multiple times for international film festivals and have received international acclaim.

Director's statement

Jailed together in this space. What passes through your mind after watching each of these characters for over a minute?