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"Dedicated to her hometown of Shaya, Xinjiang, and filled with both affection and a clear-eyed understanding of its woes, this Uighurlanguage coming-of-age story is restrained in scale yet rousing in emotional impact."

-Sarah Ward, Screen International

Wang Lina’s experimental debut explores the sensitivity shared by narrative filmmaking and documenting reality, unveiling poetry from the minutiae of Uighurs' life in Xinjiang like none other. Tailing an endearing boy named Isa in Shaya, her heavenly home village surrounded by textured sand dunes and millennia-old trees, she tugs viewers' heartstrings with a story about treasures in his carefree childhood and how they gradually fade away, as love, home, and personal advancement get weighed against another for this generation of minority children, who must bid many farewells to assimilate into the more widely acknowledged best life.

  • Year
    2018
  • Runtime
    86 minutes
  • Language
    Uighur, Mandarin
  • Country
    China
  • Director
    Wang Lina
  • Screenwriter
    Wang Lina
  • Cast
    Tajigul Heilmeier, Yasan Kamisu, Kuramu Kasimu
  • Cinematographer
    Flint-lee
  • Editor
    Matthieu Laclau
  • Music
    Zi Wen