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The River of Life

OT: Sheng Ming De He Liu

Yang Pingdao // People's Republic of China, 2014
Documentary Feature // FF2015



Pingdao, approaching 30, is a semi-successful documentary film-maker and his girlfriend Wenjing is expecting their first child. And they’re not married! Their daughter is born one month after the death of Pingdao’s grandmother – which means marriage plans are put on ice for the moment. Tradition forbids a wedding during a year of mourning. Yang Pingdao interweaves scenes of a young Chinese couple feeling the pressure to succeed, soiled nappies and fits of jealousy, with footage of the last six years of his grandmother’s life, creating a family saga spanning four generations. This film is part of the special series “Chinese Independent Cinema”.


YANG PINGDAO (*1980) comes from Canton and works as a film-maker, cameraman and screenplay writer. His short and long documentaries have been seen at Chinese festivals since 2007 and he's a regular at the Beijing Independent Film Festival.


Sheng Ming De He Liu

Documentary Feature


Asia Express//FF2015

People's Republic of China


103 min

OV with English subtitles

Yang Pingdao

Yang Pingdao

An Nai, Wang Yong, Yang Pingdao

Yang Pingdao

Yang Pingdao

An Nai

VS Film Studio

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