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Southern Xinjiang

Xiao Hu

Release year: 2017

Run time: 86mins

Film type: documentary


At the source of the Tarim River south of the Tianshan Mountains, known as "Jiangnan beyond the Great Wall, the land of fish and rice", there is the largest lotus garden in the desert area of southern Xinjiang, and the lingering warmth of the planned economy is still there. As officials welcomed and sent off, various undertakings seemed to be "prosperous"; but among the people at the bottom, there were full of doubts. Whether you are a leader, a participant, or a bystander, you are both a "star" and an "audience". There are lotuses in the south of the Yangtze River, and there are lotuses in southern Xinjiang. In Xinjiang and south of the Yangtze River, there are "lotus" but lack of "corruption".


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.