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A FIRECRACKER STORY
Director Zhizi Hao

"I want to document social changes in China through
my own lens"
A newly introduced ban on fireworks in a town in the South of China is changing people's lives: The manager of a local firework shop is forced to close his business for good, another business man grasps an opportunity and begins selling electric firecrackers, and a local community leader
begins patrolling the neighbourhood, being vigilant for anyone breaking the new ban…

On the eve of Chinese New Year, Dian Dian, an 8-year-old boy, sets out on a journey to search for fireworks.
Through his eyes, we see how other people are adapting their traditions under the new regulations, and experience his journey as he finds what he is looking for, although not what he is expecting.


Director Zhizi Hao
Born in 1994 and grew up inHainan, China, Zhizi Hao is a young filmmaker who gained his first exposure to
filmmaking in 2016 on the set of one of the best-selling
Chinese blockbuster, Wolf Warrior 2. In 2017, he set off to
hone his directing skills at London Film School.
A Firecracker Story is his graduation film. It was selected into the Shorts Competition of the 2021 Shanghai International Film Festival.