A First Farewell (Di Yi Ci De Li Bie)
Director: Lina Wang
Section: Half Ticket
Country: China | Year: 2018
Language(s): Uyghur, Mandarin | Time: 88 mins
In a Uyghur village, deep in North-Western China, Isa spends carefree days with his friends when he is not at school or working on his parents’ farmyard. But winter closes in on Isa’s world when his mother falls ill and his best friend Kalbinur is about to be sent to a faraway Chinese school. And then the little lamb, which the two children had been looking after ever since it was born, disappears.
Lina Wang was born in the Uighur region in Xinjiang and studied at the Communication University of China. A First Farewell is her debut film and a poetic piece dedicated to her hometown. After six months of field research and a year of documenting, she and her crew spent two years stationed in Shaya, Xinjiang shooting the film. The film is a perfect combination of reality, poetry and story.