A First Farewell

Director: Wang Lina Run Time: 88 min. Language: Uighur, Mandarin

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 en-dearing boy named Isa in Shaya, her heavenly home village sur-rounded by textured sand dunes and millennia-old trees, she tugs viewers’ heartstrings with a story about treasures in his carefree child-hood and how they gradually fade away, as love, home, and personal advancement get weighed against another for this generation of mi-nority children, who must bid many farewells to assimilate into the more widely acknowledged best life.

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