Movie Monday: Zhou Hao’s “Cop Shop”
Our Chinese Documentary Film Series returns to the work of Zhou Hao, who films Guangzhou police at work in Cop Shop (2009).
You can read a review of the film here, by Dan Edwards:
It was with some surprise, then, that I found myself sympathising with the officers in Zhou Hao’s films. The first Cop Shop plays out mainly around the front desk of the police station, where a constant stream of characters from the square outside come in looking for food, shelter, advice, train tickets and money. It’s a grim snapshot of the desperation that China’s economic boom has generated alongside pockets of wealth. The police spend most of their time deflecting those looking for help, directing many to a nearby “social aid centre.” Judging by the reluctance of many to visit the centre, conditions there appear bleak.
And a synopsis:
It is by no means easy to film a police station in China, and more so when it comes to the busiest one in Guangzhou – the police post at the train station. Zhou Hao’s Cop Shop features what resembles a cross section of society moving in and out of the station, from unpaid workers to petty thieves and scavengers.
Run Time: 56 minutes
Monday, October 26, 8 pm