Length: 4min 41sec
Director: Lingyun Zheng
A Tomato Is Not A Tomato is a mood piece reflecting the director’s feeling of being lost after running out of curiosity and passion to new life when she moved to New York City. In this film, the balloon represents her past in China (childhood and hometown) while the tomato represents her present days of uncertainty. The transformation of these elements symbolizes the entanglement of present and past. The feeling of alienation is expressed through the transformation as well as the floating space from New York to China. And the red color inherits the symbolic meaning of itself in China’s communist revolution, which conveys the feeling of fretfulness.