/Sound/Editing: XIAO XIAO 
Producer:Lin Lin
original music : Jason Hou
Sound Designer:William Hsieh 
Genre:Cultural、Human Interests、Experimental Documentary、
Discovery and Lifestyle
Nation of production: CN 
Language: Chinese dialect 
Format: 4K
Length: 101min


导演/摄影/录音/剪辑: 萧潇 
配乐 : Jason Hou
声音设计:William Hsieh 
主演:  杨桂秀/ 刘小军 / 刘烨 /李泽华
制片国家/地区: 中国 CN 
语言: 中文方言 
规格: 4K
片长: 101分钟

The film poetically flows around the daily lives of three generations – their chores, prays and mundane concerns in an isolated tiny mountain village in China. The piling mountains, with astonishing beauty and solemnity, tightly binds them together and enfetters their fates. Just as the giant “Turtle Rock” situated at the gate of the village, the ancestral mythos witnesses and echoes with the villagers’ present existence, and triggers an open experience of nostalgia.

The film evolves around the daily life of three generations in a tiny mountain village. 80-years-old grandma still labors hard for the family. She burns incense and prays day by day for the fear of upcoming death, and asks her son to come back for company. After her son returns from outside work, he can only do odd jobs in the woods and becomes increasingly impoverished and anxious. Her grandson, tired of being migrant worker in city, back to the mountains and starts his business of raising chickens, but ends up with a complete defeat and being heavily indebted. Meanwhile, her neighbor uncle Li unwillingly comes back home for his eye being injured in industrial job, and suddenly loses all source of income…
The piling mountains tightly binds them together and enfetters their fates, just as the giant “Turtle Rock” situated at the gate of the village – it is said that a turtle endeavored to cultivate itself into the heavenly realm, but fell down and being dismembered by the Thunder God, and then transferred into a rock – the village is named after the rock, and also echoes from this heritage.


As for my choice of filming subject, I’d been raised at Turtle Rock Village by grandma for six years since I was born, it is where I originally belong to. I sadly realize that the villagers here are categorized as the “invisible”, being completely marginalized by the modern world. They are not only deprived from cultural and capital accumulation, but also being physically isolated from the outer world. All they encounter everyday are endless trivial matters, all they speak are meaningless fragmented naggings, and all they dream is the unreachable “out there”. These quotidian dilemma and struggles are without any eventful dramas noticeable to the public media, in other words, the place comes to be an abandoned corner of absence.

What I hope is through this documentary without any preset conditions and stage directions, the audience can directly experience the concrete individual images underlying the poetically extended moments, and to make sense of the thickness of life itself and its general representations. From the angle of animism, I represent the human existence by meticulously delineating the mundane living. For what I endeavor is to extract from the lowest bottom and most ordinary life, the spirituality of pureness and metaphor in the sense of both aesthetics and metaphysics.

This is also the reason why I embrace high proportions of monochromic long takes and scenery shots. Exfoliating from the colorful distractions, the black-and-white long takes deep inside the mountainous areas impose a sense of metaphorical and retrospective romance, dissociating from the time-space confinements. Like the images of fire sparkles and worn-out knives, the primitive and impoverished life does not only suggest suffering, but also being infiltrated with often neglected astonishing natural beauty, and conceived with long forgotten metaphors and myths.




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