A First Farewell

A First Farewell / Di yi ci de li bie

film-roll China / Color / 88' / 2018

Deep in northwestern China, surrounded by cotton fields and desert, lies the Uyghur village that Isa calls home. When he is not at school or working on his parents’ farmyard, 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 fatherconsiders putting her ina 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.Winter closes in on Isa‘s world.

6 Dec - 18:00 / Απόλλων
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Lina Wang

She was born in the Uighur region in Xinjiang in 1987 and studied at the Communication University of China. A "First Farewell" is her debut film and a poetic piece dedicated to her hometown. After 6 months of field research and a year of documenting, she and her crew spent two years stationed in Shaya, Xinjiang shooting the film.

Director
Lina Wang
Screenplay
Lina Wang
Cinematography
Li Yong
Editing
Matthieu Laclau
Music
Wenzi
Sound Design
Li Danfeng
Film Cast
Isa Yasan
Kalbinur Rahmati
Alina z Rahmati
Musa Yasan
Yasan Kamisu
Ugulem Sugu
Tajigul Heilmeier
Rahmati Kuramu
Kuramu Kasimu
Producer
Qin Xiaoyu
Cai Qingzeng
Language
Mandarin Chinese
Uyghur
Feature Fiction Film