The Ballad of Spring
Release year: 2015
Run time: 25 min
Film type: Documentary
In traditional China, rural people usually pray for harvest in the spring and offer thanks in the autumn. Spring rites are performed in the second month of the lunar calendar. In western Fujian, a Hakka area, people worship Fuzhu (also named the lord of Fuzhu, the god of land) on the spring prayer day (sheri). This film records a sheri in the village of Wucheng, in the year of the horse (2014), in Ninghua County, Fujian. Although the young people had all left home for the big cities to work, and although much land was left uncultivated, old people still performed the rite every year for the harvest and peace of the whole village.
Original named Ning Yuanguai, Gui is a poet and independent documentary director. He was born in 1967 in Ninghua County, a mountainous Hakka area in the northwest of Fujian Province. Gui has finished four documentaries about local Hakka folk culture: Yukou Paper, Old Genealogy, Chronicles of Hulling Rice, and Revive. He has also directed several short films, including Wugong Sutra and The Ballad of Spring.