In The Mud

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This story is about the corruption of the government and a common phenomenon of ignorance in rural area in China in the early 21st century.
China began enforcing cremation laws around 2000. However, there was one village in which the cremation laws had not been introduced. One day, a county police officer and his superior came to this village and investigate. They discovered that the whole village was superstitious, while the mayor, as the dictator in this town, also as a Taoist priest, deceived the people there into superstition. There was a middle-aged carpenter in the anti-feudal village who lived on making coffins. As the cremation laws was issued, his life became dull. All he wished for was to be buried not cremated after he died. He used villagers’ ignorance to kill the goat which was worshiped by the villagers, so that he satisfied his own ignorance. Then he ended up buried alive. In the end, according to the laws, the body of the goat was dug out and burned, when the villagers all wept at its funeral.
This story is about the corruption of the government and a common phenomenon of ignorance in rural area in China in the early 21st century.
China began enforcing cremation laws around 2000. However, there was one village in which the cremation laws had not been introduced. One day, a county police officer and his superior came to this village and investigate. They discovered that the whole village was superstitious, while the mayor, as the dictator in this town, also as a Taoist priest, deceived the people there into superstition. There was a middle-aged carpenter in the anti-feudal village who lived on making coffins. As the cremation laws was issued, his life became dull. All he wished for was to be buried not cremated after he died. He used villagers’ ignorance to kill the goat which was worshiped by the villagers, so that he satisfied his own ignorance. Then he ended up buried alive. In the end, according to the laws, the body of the goat was dug out and burned, when the villagers all wept at its funeral.

Directed by Dominic Yeh (China)

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