Year: 2018Duration: 86 minLanguage: In Uyghur & Mandarin with English subtitles
Winner of the Grand Prix Generation Kplus International Jury
Best Film, at Berlin International Film Festival 2019
The directorial debut from Xinjiang’s Lina Wang is a poem to her hometown - portraying a Muslim farm boy’s relationship with his deaf-mute mother, his friendship with his sweetheart girl, and his parting from them.
Revolving around the difficulties faced by Uyghur children and their parents in adapting to a Mandarin-language educational system, A First Farewell offers a subtle yet incisive look at how China's Muslim minority grapples with the pressure to ditch their own culture and conform to the social norms of the day. Beautifully photographed and performed by amazingly talented non-professional child actors.