In a remote mountainous region of China, Hou Junli and his family remain in a small village that has seen so many leave for the city. A beautifully observational document about rootedness.
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The Fading Village. The village that resists
Unlike the other young people in their forlorn mountain village, Hou Junli has remained with his family instead of leaving for the city.
The dilapidated houses continue to resist the snow and rain, but how long will this place exist if there is nobody left to carry on local work and traditions?
A long-term observational documentary about a difficult life and the love of one's native soil.