全球唯一“城市\建筑”双年展
THE ONE AND ONLY BIENNALE
OF URBANISM\ARCHITECTURE IN THE WORLD
Shamate is a Kind of Sorrow

李一凡 / 中国

Li Yifan / China


I have been observing the Shamate phenomenon since 2011 and have always wanted to shoot a documentary for them. I have vaguely felt a certain complex social ethical relation and some deep rooted

problems in social structure underneath it. This year, I met Luo Fuxing, the founder of Shamate, and some of his friends who enjoyed playing Shamate with him on line. They told me their stories about the country side, the left-behind children, their longing for parental care and love and even hatred to parents. They also told me about their false perception of the cities in spite of the fact that they were familiar with the internet since childhood, about their sorrows caused by social immobility and the inability to change their "humble" backgrounds, about how they huddle together for warmth, about care and love among Shamate members as well as all kinds of their self-comforting fantasies. Nowadays, there are very few off line Shamate activities, and the main purpose of such activities now has turned to maintain emotional bonding instead of performance of exaggerated makeup and costumes. Urban villages outside the Shenzhen SEZ border and factory districts in Dongguan are places that most of them live. Now they have all grown up to become ordinary workers on assembly lines, laborers on construction sites, or apprentices in barber shops,

but nearly none of them has become rich. Yet they are still passionate about Japanese Comics and still docile in life, full of sorrows.


Production Filming Schedules:

Dec 1st, 2017 – Feb 15th, 2018