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We All Loved Sadness

Ma Zhandong

Release year: 2014

Run time: 5 minutes

Film type: Documentary


I made a virtual character log. The Chinese soundtrack, English subtitles, and character references (me, the characters, and the city (Tehran)) are interchangeable, and the two experiences refer to each other.

Outside of obscured and misunderstood ideologies, what are the things that we have overlooked? Obstructions still exist, and those similar emotions corroborate and blend with each other. It is misunderstood, superficial, symbolic, but also real and perceptual.

The sufferings and sorrows of the past, the present, and the future give us the courage to move forward. Free thought has never flourished in indescribable places. How are fragmented landscapes transformed into self-expression, and how does the so-called “artistic reality” emerge from understanding and experience? Misunderstandings will not be eliminated. Difference is the prerequisite for us to communicate and allows us the possibility of dialogue.

Pay tribute too to those who fight for freedom and pay the price for a better life.


Director biography

Ma Zhandong is an independent documentary producer who has filmed and produced tens of documentary films, long and short. His works have been screened at film festivals in Germany, the Netherlands, Iceland, Denmark, France, Japan and Hong Kong. He has also made short art films and videos. He was interviewed by ARTE in 2009. He served as a final film juror for the 14th Beijing Independent Film Exhibition in China and as a shortlisting juror for the 12th FIRST Youth Film Exhibition.

His work One Day in May won the best documentary award in 2011 at the Chinese Documentary Festival in Hong Kong. Lao Zhao won the Documentary Humanitarian Award at the 12th China Independent Film Festival. Everybody is Nobody won the 33th ATP Award for Excellence in Tokyo).

Now he lives and works in Chengdu, China.