SUN 18 SEP | 7:30pm
CHINA 中国 2014
(Coarse Language and Brief Nudity 些许粗俗语言及裸露画面)
Mandarin/Dialect from Gansu province with English and Chinese Subtitles
Director: Li Ruijun 导演：李睿珺
Two Yugur ethnic minority brothers embark on a road trip across desertified prairies with their camels, passing through the Silk Road to go home to their parents. They trek from their grandfather’s home near town to the distant grasslands where their parents have moved to find pastures to herd their sheep. The two boys are confronted with barren landscapes, abandoned villages, and decaying relics. Their journey becomes a search for their identity as Yugurs.
This coming-of-age film offers us an unflinching look at the grisly aftermath when natural resources are continuously exploited. Mourning the succumbing of the Yugur civilisation to environmental degradation and industrialisation, it compels us to think about what we have lost in the pursuit of modernisation.
Director’s Bio 关于导演
Li Ruijun was born in Gansu Province, China in 1983. At the age of 14, he studied painting and music. In 2003, he graduated from the Institute of Management of China National Ministry of Radio, Film and Television. For several years he has been working as a TV director. He has directed four films: The Summer Solstice (2007), The Old Donkey (2010), Fly with the Crane (2012) and River Road (2014). Showcasing the haunting beauty and the wild abandon of north-western China, his works tend to focus on the relationship between human beings and the land, as well as the rural attitude towards family, life and death in a fast changing China.