The Starving Village

China / 2010 / Color / 76min
In Shandong dialect with Chinese subtitles
Director:Zhou Xueping
26/1 (Sat) 2:00pm,agnès b. CINEMA



The director was a post-80 film school graduate, who came back to her home village alone with her video camera, to interrogate the lost pieces of history about the Great Famine in the 1958-1960. By participating in the so-called “Folk Memory Video Files” project of the Caochangdi Workstation (Beijing), director was inspired to fill in the blanks of the history of Great Famine. Back to the village where she was brought up, she discovered that food producer is the source of the famine. Yet, people were unable to resolve the problem on their own. Fifteen elderly was interviewed in the documentary, to re-construct their mournful memories about food, famine and death.

The Starving Village

Zhou Xueping
Born in Zhou Village, Shandong province in 1985. Graduated in New Media Department of The China Academy of Art and participate in the Caochangdi Workstation (Beijing) in 2009 as a Documentary Director. Her works include “Mother” (2008), “Starving Village” (2010), and “Satiated Village” (2011). She also has involved in drama production “The Family Opposition”; and performed in the Dance Drama “Memory 2: Famine”.

Honor
Taiwan International Documentary Festival 2010
Tampere Film Festival 2010
Beijing Youth Independent Film Festival 2010