Film by He Chuyao

    Before Christmas


    A lower class Chinese family moves to a big city for a living. The father and his son Xiao Lee, an 18 year-old teenager who dreams of becoming a singer, begin working hard labor in a Christmas decoration factory. Reluctant to face reality, Xiao Lee decides to make a change to pursue his dream. Tragedy is in store for this young man and his poor family as they become victims of Chinese society.


    Written & Directed by He Chuyao
    Produced by Zhang Hao
    Production Manager: Yang Jianqiao
    Director of Photography: Cairang Yangjie
    Assistant Director: Luozang Dongzhi
    Production Design: Wang Fenyan
    Lighting: Peng Pai
    Sound: A Dis
    Producer Assistant: Huang Tianxiao
    Assistant Camera: Zhuoma Jia
    Props: Chen Jianfa
    Continuity: Xiao He
    Boom Operator: Liu Tianyang
    Editor: Claire Fishman
    Sound Design: He Chuyao
    Still Photography: Luozang Dongzhi
    Music: Xu Wei
    English Translation Consultant: Bryan Powers

    Country of Origin: China
    Year of Production: 2015
    Running time: 14 min 52 sec
    Color or B/W: Color
    Language: Chinese
    Aspect Ratio: 16:9
    Type of Sound: Stereo


    Hou Deyang
    Li Chengliang
    Zhu Xianyuan
    Hao Jianchun


    He Chuyao is a independent filmmaker who is having master degree on MFA film program in City College of New York. She has been writing and directing fiction and documentary for three years. Her experimental short film FLOW screened in many film festivals such as Reel 13. Her thesis film Before Christmas is in postproduction and expect to release on May. She is now working on her latest documentary From Sun to Mao.

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