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Lin Xin

Release year: 2017

Run time: 102 min

Film type: Documentary


This is the record of a family. Through the memory of different people, the film traces the development of several generations of the filmmaker’s family, their migration and their different life experiences, revealing the fate of ordinary people and their inner landscape in the middle of social change. Every generation experiences their own joy and pain; life continues amidst hope, hardships, and frustration. The different kinds of survival imprints that remain in the film are of individual lives washed out by time as well as a kind of micro-history.


Director biography

Lin Xin was born in 1960. He has held several painting and calligraphy solo exhibitions in various locations including the Art Museum of China in Beijing, and in Xi’an. His documentary films include Chen Lu, Sanlidong, Classmates, Gas, Preachers, Koudelka, Chen Jiayong, Riverbed and Single Women. Lin Xin has had painting catalogues published, a collection of poems and a monograph, Sanlidong: The Image History of Migrant Miners from Shanghai.

Director's statement

Thirty years have passed, and as sons and daughters we have never raised the subject of our father’s or mother’s deaths. It remains a wound hidden deep in our hearts that we have never been willing to touch. Now we are all around fifty, and I dedicate this documentary to my parents and family in the hope that the knot in the hearts of me and my siblings ultimately gets released.