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Wuding River

Li Xiaofeng and Jia Kai

Release year: 2007

Run time: 103 mins

Film type: Documentary


In northern Sha’anxi Province, one of China’s poorest regions, many people leave their farmland to make a living in the city. The pin their hopes on their children, believing their lives will change once these children enter university. In one family, four years pass and the eldest child graduates. However, there is no job waiting for her. But the family has already begun to focus on the next college entrance battle. Instinctively, like hens, the whole family directs its energy into hatching a new hope: the younger child.


Director biography

Li Xiaofeng Born in Pingxiang, Jiangxi Province, and now living in Shanghai, Li Xiaofeng is the author of Films in the Twentieth Century and Creation of Documentary Films. Films include The Striker of the Spring Gong, awarded Best Short Documentary at the 8th Beijing Film Festival of University Students, 2001); The Night Goer, selected for the 20th Fribourg International Film Festival and the 8th Taipei Film Festival, as well as many international film exhibitions); Leather Shoes or Straw Sandals, selected for the NHK International High Resolution Documentary Project in 2006; and A Street Of One Hundred Paces.

Jia Kai Born in Suide, Sha’anxi Province, Jia Kai obtained his Master's degree from the Art Department of Beijing Normal University and now is a lecturer in the College of Communication and Art at Shanghai Tongji University. He is the translator of three books, including Robert J. Flaherty: A Biography, and has participated in the production of films such as The Night Goer, Leather Shoes or Straw Sandals, and A Street of One Hundred Paces. In addition, he has also produced many programs for CCTV, Beijing TV Station, and Shanghai TV Station.