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Deep in northwestern China, surrounded by cotton fields and desert, lies the Uighur village that Isa calls home. When he is not at school or working on his parents' farm, he spends carefree days with his friends – until the outside world starts forcing him to say one goodbye after another. With Isa's mother's illness placing an increasing burden on the family, his father considers putting her in a care home, far away from the village. Isa's best friend Kalbinur is getting bad grades, and is about to be sent to a faraway Chinese school. And then the little lamb, which the two children had been looking after with devotion ever since it was born, disappears. Captured in naturalistic imagery, winter closes in on Isa's world. (Note courtesy of Berlin International Film Festival.) "Dedicated to her hometown of Shaya, Xinjiang, and filled with both affection and a clear-eyed understanding of its woes, [Wang Lina's] Uighur-language coming-of-age story is restrained in scale yet rousing in emotional impact." – Sarah Ward, Screen International. Winner, Asian Future Best Film Award, 2018 Tokyo International Film Festival; Winner, Best Film, 2019 Berlin International Film Festival (Generation Kplus); Winner, Firebird Award, 2019 Hong Kong International Film Festival.

  • Year
    2018
  • Runtime
    86 minutes
  • Language
    Uighur, Mandarin
  • Country
    China
  • Rating
    NOT RATED
  • Note
    With English subtitles.
  • Director
    Wang Lina
  • Screenwriter
    Wang Lina
  • Producer
    Cai Qingzeng
  • Cast
    Isa Yasan, Kalbinur Rahmati, Alinaz Rahmati, Ugulem Sugur, Musa Yasan