France - Hong Kong | 2012 | Color | Documentary | 153 min  

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


Three little sisters, YING (10 years old), ZHEN (6 years old) and FEN (4 years old) live alone in a small village in the high mountains of the Yunnan region. The father works in the town 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 wandering 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 to the city the younger ones and leave YING alone under the supervision of her grandfather. YING now has to adapt to an even more solitary life.

 FESTIVALS, selective list 

- Venice IFF 2012, Orizzonti

- Toronto IFF 2012

- Busan IFF 2012

- Viennale 2012

- Brisbane BIFFDOCS 2012

- Festival of 3 Continents, Nantes 2012

- Tokyo Filmex 2012

- Dubai FF 2012

- Mexico IFF Ficunam 2013

- Hong Kong IFF 2013


- Venice 2012, Orizzonti

     Best Film Award

- Doc Lisboa 2012

     Best Film Award

- Dubai FF 2012

     Best Documentary Award

- Fribourg IFF 2013

     Best Film Award

     Don Quixote Award

     E-Changer Award

     Ecumenical Jury Award







In association with

International Sales

HUANG Wenhai, LI Peifeng, WANG Bing


FU Kang, Antoine FOURNIER

Sylvie FAGUER, MAO Hui 

Album Productions 

Chinese Shadows

ARTE France - La Lucarne

Fuori Orario - Rai Cinema

Asian Shadows


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