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Jennifer Zheng / Short Narrative / United Kingdom / 2016 / 5 min / Colour / DCP / In English, Mandarin / Arabic, English subtitles
Rated: Mature subject matter which may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised.Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas.


For those who experience fundamental social change as adults, the notions of what is right and wrong, what is normal and what is problematic are easily identified. For a young girl who went through the Chinese Cultural Revolution as a child, however, it was difficult to understand that the branding of her intellectual parents as anti-revolutionary – and therefore ‘bad’ – was an element of a forced shift of perception. In ‘Tough’, a daughter examines the fallout of her mother’s youth.

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About the Director

Jennifer Zheng was a confused Chinese kid who grew up in Northern Ireland. Now she is a BAFTA-nominated animator based in London.


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