If You Swallow a Nail, Just Drink Some Alchohol

An intimate portrait of my grandparents, an old Chinese couple, who have been married for 60 years, grapple with Alzheimer’s and hearing loss in a crumbling industrial town in southwestern China. Their resistance to the economic boom and urban transformation in China is manifested in slow, patient shots observing the details of their quotidian life.

My own position as both their granddaughter and the filmmaker is challenged in the work, and the power dynamic between us is always in flux. This work deals with age, national history, class, gender, and social structure, while interrogating the presence of the apparatus in a self-reflexive manner.

excerpt from If You Swallow a Nail, Just Drink Some Alcohol (2019)