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The Monument of Huamulin

Li Xinmin

Release year: 2014

Run time: 70 mins

Film type: Documentary


Starting from 2011, I picked up a camera and returned to the village where I was born and raised. I approached my ancestors, capturing their lives and listening to their lifelong experiences. Most of them are over 60 years old and shared their stories of the "Three Years of Famine" from 1959 to 1961. What is most unforgettable is witnessing the deaths of their parents, siblings, and neighbors due to starvation, including my great-grandfather, who was my paternal grandfather's father. Through the narratives they shared, I contemplated changes in the past, future, and the realities of life. Erecting a memorial became my aspiration for this year.


Director biography

Li Xinmin, was born in a village in Yunnan Province in 1988. She had just got the education for four years and had to withdraw for the financial program. She started to work to support her family in the city when she was 16 years old. Since 2007, she works as a resident artist at Caochangdi Workstation. She. She has completed her two documentaries Back to Huamuling (2011), Huamulin 2012 (2012). She also created and performed in Memory: Hunger (2010), Memory: Monument (2012).