France - Hong Kong | 2012 | Color | Documentary | 89 min 

DCP | Chinese | 25 fps | 16:9 | STEREO


The daily life of three little sisters, YING, ZHEN and FEN, who live alone in a small village family house in the Yunnan province in China. The father works in the valley a few hundred kilometers down the mountain and the mother has left long ago. The little girls don’t go to school, spending their days working in the fields or wondering in the village. Quite and patient, YING takes care of her two sisters and does most of the fieldwork. Sometime, they help their grandfather and aunt in exchange for a meal. One day the father returns from the city. Worrying that his girls would grow up without someone taking care of them, he decides to take with him the younger ones to the city and leave YING alone under the supervision of her grandfather. 

 FESTIVALS, selective list 

- Athenes, Cinema & reality 2012

- Dubai IFF 2012, Competition

- Black Movie Fest, Geneva 2013, Competition

- Rotterdam IFF 2013

- PlayDoc in Spain 2013, Competition

- Buenos Aires BAFICI IFF 2013

- Melbourne IFF 2013

- Rio IFF 2013

- IDFA Amsterdam 2013

- Vlasdivostok IFF 2014








In association with

International Sales 

HUANG Wenhai, LI Peifeng, WANG Bing



Sylvie FAGUER, MAO Hui 

Album Productions  

Chinese Shadows

ARTE France - La Lucarne

Asian Shadows


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