Killing the Chickens to Scare the Monkeys
In this exceptional story set in the Peoples Republic of China, nine scenes unfold in the indistinct area between black and white, where national politics and strategy have unforeseen consequences on a young teachers life. The title refers to the Chinese government policy by which dissidents are executed in order to frighten off others.
Jens Assur (b. 1970 in Sweden) is a photographer, a director, a scriptwriter and a film producer. He produced several photo essays from Somalia, Rwanda, South Africa and former Yugoslavia earning a Photographer of the year at the age of 23. His directing and screenwriting debut "The Last Dog in Rwanda" won numerous international awards, including the Grand Prix at Clermont-Ferrand and the award for the best narrative short at Tribeca.
Selected filmography: "The Last Dog in Rwanda" (2005, short), "Killing the Chickens to Scare the Monkeys" (2011, short, "Kino pavasaris").
- Year: 2011
- Country: Sweden, Thailand
- Runtime: 24 min.
- Director: Jens Assur
- Screenwriter: Jens Assur
- Producer: Jens Assur
- Cinematographer: Marek Septimus Wieser
- Company: Swedish Film Institute
- Dialogs: Mandarin Chinese
- Subtitles: Lithuanian, English
- Classification: N-16
- IMDB rating: 6.9