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Village Drama History

Zhang Huancai

Release year: 2019

Run time: 83mins

Film type: Documentary


Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The first play or the first stage, I am curious, but also with questions, I jokingly open the camera to ask the villagers, their strange answer. When did the village play begin? Village once in the memory of the theatre. Those actors and opera fans of different ages who love Qin opera have become the objects of my questioning in the camera. Then I also use my understanding to discover the drama in life, to look for the drama that happens in reality on the stage...


Director biography

Zhang Huancai, a farmer and an enthusiast for rural video recording, made rural text records in 1985, started village photo records in 1995, and began village video records in 2005. The main records of the village four seasons, farming, folk temple fairs, weddings and funerals, villagers' daily life, oil and salt sauce and vinegar, home village memories, rural cultural activities and so on. Embarked on the documentary road, thanks to Caochangdi Wu Wenguang teacher for more than 10 years of reformatory guidance.