A Flea’s Skin Would Be Too Big For You

16mm & Super8 | 47 min | color | 2013


In the summer of 2009, a new theme park was inaugurated in China. It was called „The Kingdom of the Dwarves“. From all over China recruits were brought in to live in the park and entertain its visitors. There were only two stipulated requirements for employment: the performers had to be between 18 and 40 years old and be shorter than 130 cm. Twice a day they take the stage singing and dancing for the paying crowd.

“A flea’s skin would be too big for you” was an epigram used by the Romans to address a dwarf, at the period of the decadence.

 

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Screenings:

WNDX; Winnipeg, Canada 2016
Matthias Müller Seminar, Kunsthochschule für Medien; Köln, Germany 2015
LOFT 345; Guangzhou, China 2014
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art; Beijing, China 2014
dokumentART European Film Festival for Documentaries; Neubrandenburg, Germany 2014
Fronteira International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival; Goiânia, Brasil 2014
Winnipeg Underground Film Festival; Winnipeg, Canada 2014
Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival; Hawick, UK 2014
Visions; Montreal, Canada 2014
LIFT Artists-in-Residence Screening; Toronto, Canada 2014
Bright Lights Film Series; Boston, USA 2013
Il Grande Sentiero; Bergamo, Italy, 2013
Cork Film Festival; Cork, Ireland, UK, 2013
Duisburger Filmwoche; Duisburg, Germany, 2013
Antimatter Film Festival; Victoria B.C., Canada, 2013
Vukovar Film Festival; Vukovar, Croatia 2013
Cine Migratorio Film Festival; Santander, Spain 2013
Goethe Haus; Jakarta, Indonesia 2013
Visions du Réel; Nyon, Switzerland 2013