Killing the Chickens to Scare the Monkeys

Sweden/Thailand, 2011, Colour, 24 min

  • Killing the Chickens to Scare the Monkeys
  • killing-the-chickens-to-scare-the-monkeys-2011-3-g

Meticulous reconstruction of an everyday event in China that culminates in a public execution. The title refers to the Chinese government policy by which dissidents are executed in order to frighten off others. In a breathtakingly beautiful opening scene, we see the gruesome conclusion of a series of apparently chance events. In eight powerful scenes, the fateful story is told of someone who just happened to be passing.

  • Directors Bio
  • Festival and Awards
  • Contact
Jens Assur (1970, Sweden) is a photographer and filmmaker. At the age of 16 he started work as a journalist for the Swedish daily newspaper Dagbladet in Sundsvall. After that he worked for several advertising companies, newspapers and magazines as a photographer. Since 2007 he has been contracted to the Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles and he is currently busy making his first feature.
Sundance 2012. Special Mention - Karlovy Vary 2012. Garcia de Paso Award - Huesca FF 2012. Lille IShFF, 2012. Zurich FF 2012. VIS - Vienna Independent Shorts 2013.

Studio Jens Assur AB
Eastmansvägen 12
SE- 113 61 Stockholm, Sweden
+46 708 11 11 45


22.08, 16:00, Shtëpia e Kultures


Focus Nordic


Jens Assur


Jens Assur


Marek Septimus Wieser


Niclas Merits


Fredrik Morheden, Åsa Mossberg

Other films from this category

  • thevaltariFilm #8

    Sigur Rós Valtari Film Experiment


  • Two Islands

    Two Islands


  • Dyret_1_still



  • Ekspeditionen til Verdens ende – Expedition to the End of the World

    Ekspeditionen til Verdens ende


  • Lej en familie. Ryuichi and family

    Lej en familie