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Rough Poetry

Zhao Dayong

Release year: 2008

Run time: 50 min

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 is an internationally celebrated director working in independent film, based in China. Zhao's work in documentary and feature film explores themes of existential anxiety and spiritual bankruptcy in the face of a China that is rapidly transforming. A present day social and economic situation in which history, culture, meaning, and even love and family, are often destroyed in the pursuit of mirages of prosperity. Zhao's works combine a strong artistic sensibility with an eye for raw, revealing, and poetic moments.

Director's statement

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