Chinese cabbage


Director: Tan Tan

Category :Documentary


Production year: 2007

Participation of festivals, exhibitions:

  • MECOOON 2007 (Free Cinema) Ideas Festival, Shanghai, July, 2007
  •  "The new Chinese shadows – the young video art of Peking", video art exhibition, Italy, November, 2008
  • 3rd Chongqing Independent Film & Video Festival, Chongqing, China, November, 2009

In one evening of November 2005, a farm truck loading many Chinese cabbages entered Dazhalan area, which is only 2 kilometers far from Tian An Men square, the heart of China. This neighbourhood was under a fully demolition that time.

 An old man bought more than 50 kilos of Chinese cabbages from this truck, and then the seller sent his 5-years-old son to help the delivery. The sweet boy pulled the cart full of cabbages with his total strength, until they reached the home of the old man. After loading all the cabbages into home, as a reward, the old man carried the boy on the empty cart, and pulled him back to his father. Unexpectedly, as soon as they arrived, they saw the urban management officers were taking the seller away for his illegal selling…