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Refugees

Xiao Hu

Release year: 2021

Run time: 86mins

Film type: documentary

Synopsis

The title "Liu Yue" is taken from "Guan Zi·Light and Heavy Armor": "When the king's order is angry, the cloth flows across the world." This sentence means: This is equivalent to the king's court order going too far, and the property is lost in The world is under heaven. Nowadays, it generally means diaspora. This documentary focuses on the life and emotional status of Vietnamese married women who are diaspora on the Chinese side of the Sino-Vietnamese border. Two countries, one family. The film takes a transnational marriage family in Najiaotun, Nalong Village, Baisheng Township, Napo County, on the China-Vietnam border as an example, explaining that the border is a geographical boundary rather than an emotional boundary. In the turmoil of the country, emotion is the best weapon to isolate the turmoil. Faced with the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, although Vietnamese woman Lu Tingmin cannot return to Vietnam, she laughs at life with her Chinese husband and daughter, faces various unfair policies, insists on walking together, bids farewell to the winter of 2020, and welcomes the spring of 2021. This is not only a small family saying goodbye to the old and welcoming the new, but also a big country saying goodbye to the old and welcoming the new. In the rolling tide, the country takes the family to move forward together, and the country continues to influence the family as it moves forward.

 

Director biography

Xiao Hu, a young photographer and independent documentary filmmaker, has spent nearly a decade working and living on the border between northwest and southwest China since graduating from university. In addition to working for institutional or public welfare organizations, he has long been committed to independent field investigations in his spare time. His photo series "The Road in a Foreign Land: Seeking Yao" was shortlisted for the 4th China Ethnic Image Documentary Biennial Exhibition; "Southern Xinjiang" was shortlisted for the "See You Again 2022" special screening; "Changes in the Yao people" was shortlisted for the 2nd Ethnic Film and TV and Ethnographic Works Collection; "Ordinary Corner" was shortlisted for the 4th Korea International Ethnographic Film Festival, the 5th station screening and dialogue of Langya Images, the 2022 WAFF Youth Filmmaker Program, and the 2022 Guangxi Ethnic Image Exhibition; "From Old to Young" was shortlisted for the 35th China Golden Rooster Awards, the 3rd Huawei New Image Mobile Film Project, the Optics Valley WH Youth Image Exhibition, and the 13th Macau International Microfilm Festival in 2023; "Philosopher in the Mountains" was shortlisted for the 3rd Asian International Youth Film Festival in 2023, the 13th "Chronicle of Light and Shadow" China Documentary Academy Awards, and the inaugural Ideal Country Art Film Festival in 2024; "Childhood is Burning" was selected for the Tokyo Rairai Yamagata 2023 Art Festival - screening session, and the 13th "Chronicle of Light and Shadow" China Documentary Academy Awards. Documentaries such as "Southern Xinjiang", "Ordinary Corner", "From Old to Young", "Philosopher in the Mountain", and "Childhood is Burning" have been included in the Chinese independent film streaming platform CathayPlay, and have also been permanently collected by the Anthropological Image Library of Renmin University of China.