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10th DMZ Docs(2018)

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The Family in Sinkhole

YAO Zubiao

  • China
  • 2017
  • 70min
  • G
  • DCP
  • color

World Premiere

Synopsis

To attract more tourists to the biggest and beautiful sink hole in Yunnan province, the Chinese government requires its residents to clean the village. Yang Xiuxiang, a local villager, tries to move the pigpen in some odd corner but his mother, against him, wants to raise the pig in a spacious pen. They are neck and neck in the changing environment of the village, but the pig grunts without even knowing the reason.

Review

The largest sinkhole in Yunnan, China, that separated a patient with Hansen's disease from the outside world, is now ironically a rising tourist attraction. He Pingxiu was sent to this area in his 20s because of his Hansen’s disease. Unlike his 35-year-old son, Yang Xiuxiang, he remains skeptical about development. The authorities have abandoned and isolated Yang Xiuxiang’s mother, but send an assistant to help him with the development of the sinkhole. Although the mother and son threaten each other, she still cooks for him and he takes her to the hospital at the back of his motorbike. Inside the sinkhole, conflicts merge into the same landscape even as the mother and son raise their voices. There are pigs snorting loudly as they’re being transported. A fast-growing grandson shares a meal with his aging grandmother. The millstone means history for the mother and garbage for her son. He Pingxiu avoids the main road frequented by tourists. This bittersweet scene of redevelopment brings together their struggle for survival and years of isolation. [CHAI Heesook]

Director

  • YAO Zubiao

    The Family in Sinkhole (2017) 

Credit

  • Cinematography YAO Zubiao, ZHANG Mimi
  • Editor ZHANG Zhongchen, LI Kan
  • Sound Matthew MA

Distributor / World Sales

YAO Zubiao  yaozubiao@outlook.com