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Children are not Afraid of Death, Children are Afraid of Ghosts.
Regissør: Rong Guang Rong
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The story of four siblings' tragic suicide is deeply about the poverty in the Chinese countryside.

In 2015, four siblings, aged five to thirteen, are alleged to have committed suicide in a village in the remote Guizhou province of China. Suicides have never been fully resolved, but received wide coverage in international press (such as The Guardian, CBS and Al Jazeera) as well as by China Daily, the country's national English-language newspaper. The event and its coverage is the starting point for Rong Guang Rong's film Children are not Afraid of Death, Children are Afraid of Ghosts. The international film festival in Rotterdam, where the film premiered 28. January, it presented as a documentary – but it is not, which the text corrects by saying in plain text that the story is pure fiction. No one should expect any kind of truth in terms of reporting, reconstruction or testimony here – the film is rather a complex exploration of the event and context around it, and a confrontation with the filmmaker's own past, memories and experiences as a child and as a father.

The abandoned children have to cope without being prepared to cope with the world out there.

Abandoned. Rong explores both the physical and the socio-economic. . .

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