Craftsmen of Coffin

Date Time Venue
5/10 (Thur) 2:00 pm Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum
15/10 (Sun) 7:00 pm Hong Kong Arts Centre Cinema*

*Q&A session with the director

He Rong, Liu Lu
China / 2016 / 42 min
In Gansu dialect with Chi & Eng Subtitles

Carpenter Li and artisan Guo are famous partners of coffin making in Gansu. The making process is intensive and rigorous, much like a religious ritual. However, both Li and Guo believe this art form will fade out as the tradition of earth burials will disappear.

Director's Prrofile
He Rong is a teacher and a post-graduate student. She participated in the productions of you and me and Long Yuan Qin Yun.

Liu Lu is a student from Northwest Normal University. She participated in the production of Long Yuan Qin Yun. Her work includes Hate Liupanshui.

Director's Note
Documentary differs from drama, because it records real life, real people, real stories, it creates that human connection, and in particular, it documents the real lives of those living at the lowest strata of society. The film focuses on 2 ethnic traditional folk artists, depicting the complete process of their making and crafting coffins. There is undeniable historical value in the preservation of their traditional art and heritage. At the same time the film reveals the lives of the protagonists, their families, and their love for their children. On another level, the film is just as much about the philosophical question of life and death in the eyes of ordinary people.

Ticketing Information

Screenings at the Hong Kong Arts Centre and the Hong Kong Space Museum are now available at URBTIX.
Ticket Price: $70/$50*
*Full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minder and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients

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