The Old Fool Who Moved the Mountains

  • China
  • Philippines
  • Thailand

An ancient Chinese fable about a man whose perseverance allowed him to move a mountain. One of the stories in the Little Red Book which Mao required everyone to memorize during the Cultural Revolution. The name of an independent music bar in Beijing, in which owner Gouzi introduces unknown bands that are worthy of attention. All three are Yugong Yishan: “the old fool who moved the mountains”. Across three generations, the director contextualizes a disparate trio of meanings within a timeless story about the kind of modest eccentricity that can change the world through patience and diligence.

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  • Original Title
    Yugong Yishan
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Joanna Vasquez Arong
  • Cinematography
    Guillaume Vandenberghe
  • Editing
    Joanna Vasquez Arong, Lee Chatametikool
  • Music
    Cédric Murrath
  • Runtime
    30 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • China
    • Philippines
    • Thailand
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
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