The godfather of Chinese rock is now an apprentice filmmaker. Cui Jian made his directing debut at an Independent Short Film and Video Awards (IFVA) screening on Monday with the provocative video Age of Repairing Hymen. It's about how Chinese perceptions of the intimate women's part have changed through history.
Known for his music's social activism, it seems Cui has carried that passion into films. 'Everything happening in China inspires me,' he said before the screening. 'This was even more emotional because of things in my personal life. This is how I create my music and I reckon film might be even better to express what I want to say.'
However, as a novice, Cui suggested that at times he felt overwhelmed. 'My biggest challenge was editing. My skills barely matched what I wanted to say and some things like makeup, costumes and sound effects were a disaster. I am still learning, but nothing is holding me back. There are lots of problems in my film, so I hope people will realise it's a musician trying to tell people's stories through film.'