After winning several awards, the Xinjiang documentary RIPPLES
Cannes, France, June 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The 75th Cannes Film Festival came to a successful close a few days ago. Tens of thousands of filmmakers gathered in this great cultural festival to share a cinematic feast. One of China’s Xinjiang documentaries, RIPPLES, sparked heated discussions at Cannes. The film was released online on the official Cannes Film Festival platform on May 19 and 22, attracting large audiences, filmmakers and media journalists from around the world.
On May 27, RIPPLES was screened at the Palais du film in Cannes and the director was invited to attend the film festival in person. What is impressive is that after the screening, the audience stood up and applauded for a long time. Many onlookers said they were very shocked, which refreshed everyone’s impression of Xinjiang.
In fact, it is not easy for an international audience to watch a documentary filmed in local Xinjiang. This documentary dives deep into the international city of Yiwu in southeast China and Xinjiang in northwest China, and records the daily lives of four Xinjiang women from a new perspective. In the objective and calm lens, the characters show a simple and real appearance, representing the most authentic voice of Xinjiang, and also let everyone see a vibrant, united and harmonious Xinjiang.
Ahead of the Cannes Film Festival, RIPPLES won Best Documentary Short and Audience Favorite Award at the 2021 Prague Film Festival and Grand Jury Prize at the 2021 Amsterdam International Film Festival to critical acclaim during of several projections. Moira Sullivan, a famous Swedish film critic, said after seeing the film: This is a carefully crafted film with exquisite technique. For those who have never been to Xinjiang, the film presents the region as a fascinating blend of tradition and modernity.
The Executive Director of the Amsterdam International Film Festival said: “Without a doubt, RIPPLES is the biggest surprise of the year. The demanding jury also gave him special praise and unanimously decided to award him the Grand Jury Prize. The film broke cultural boundaries and prejudices. A spiritual story of a magical place we’ve never been before. As the film shows, only by putting yourself in this place can you hear the truest voice.
Claus Mueller is a professor at Hunter University in New York and works at the New York State Department of State’s International Press Center. He commented on RIPPLES: The documentary chronicles the daily life of Chinese Muslim women from the perspective of Xinjiang women. Using real footage, the film conveys the common aspirations of the vast majority of people in Xinjiang to the world.
At the same time, RIPPLES reflects the active private economy and Internet economy of Zhejiang, China, as well as the inclusive and harmonious social atmosphere, and shows the results of unity and development of all ethnic groups in Zhejiang’s active exploration of the road to common prosperity.
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