"Never Mind" Independent Film Screening VOL.10: Little Moth
Director: Peng Tao
Language: Chinese and English Subtitles
Bought for 1,000 yuans, 11-year old Xiao E’zi (“Little Moth”) can’t walk, but her new “parents,” Luo Jiang and his wife Guibua, have a use for her, as they’re trying their luck at a new trade: begging in the street. Begging is a trade like another – with its rules, its territories, its rackets – and this is what the artificial family formed by Luo, Guibua and Xiao E’zi– do for a living. Long inured to her fate, Xiao E’zi is eventually persuaded to escape after befriending one-armed XIAO Chun, who's also a hapless participant in the "business"...
I want to exhibit in this film the unique living status of people living at the foot of the Chinese social ladder. So I focus on a special marginalized group—beggars, to show their special quality distinguished from others.
I use a simple and natural style to reflect the reality, a compact manner of narration and non-professional and instinctive actors, which strengthen the realism of the film.
Luo, Guihua and Xiao’e zi formed a special family to earn a living. The meaning of ‘survive’ extends. It’s a vicious circle of ‘family and money’ and they were drawn into the whirlpool hopelessly and miserably. It seems that they are fated to continue struggling perplexedly in one cycle after another until the surviving problem thoroughly solved.
In modern society, the utmost possession of money is of primary importance to modern people. During this course, people discard dignity, rights and basic humanity. They squeeze and accumulate money cruelly and greedily in a state of extreme disorder.
However, the faint expectation isn’t dashed by the cruel reality, and the gleam of humanity and hope isn’t obscured by the heavy burden of life.
Peng Tao, graduated from Beijing Film Academy in 2004. His first feature film “Little Moth” (2007) on which he worked as producer, scriptwriter and director, has been screened in more than 50 international film festivals and received 13 international awards, including the NETPAC Award at 60th Locarno International Film Festival, “Golden Pyramid Award” at 31st Cairo International Film Festival (International Competition for Feature Digital Films), etc. His second feature “Floating In Memory” (2009), developed with the assistance of the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program and produced with financial support of the Hubert Bals Fund, was screened in VPRO Tiger Awards Competition in 2009 Rotterdam International Film Festival.