In a Chinese village set along a canal, a cook, a hairdresser's daughter, and a schoolgirl are raped, but no one seems to care. In long panning shots, Miaoyan Zhang explores the silence imposed not by the fog, but by the patriarchal structures of the community. Silence, violence, and darkness await in corners of the country forgotten by the rapid pace of progress.
Meet the director
Miaoyan Zhang was born in 1964. During his youth, the Cultural Revolution meant he had almost no access to movies. While studying art at Berkeley, he made up for this in a major way. His films, such as BLACK BLOOD (2011) and A CORNER OF HEAVEN (2014), regularly expose the underbelly of modern China. Zhang is not only a director, but also a painter.