VIRTUAL CINEMAPOLIS SCREENINGS BEGIN 3/5/21
3 day rental available for $12
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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.
Uighur and Mandarin with English Subtitles
DIRECTOR: Wang Lina
SCREENWRITER: Wang Lina
CAST: Isa Yasan, Kalbinur Rahmati, Alinaz Rahmati
“(A) First Farewell thrives on humanity rather than dogma, and offers poetry rather than propaganda. Bolstered by lush imagery and, perhaps more importantly, immensely naturalistic performances from its non-professional child actors, the film conjures up a quietly heartbreaking drama that works on multiple levels.”
–Clarence Tsui, Hollywood Reporter