Private Project

Ash of the life

In the past two years, we have recorded an elderly living alone wandering from her own home to her children's new house and then to the nursing home. Our vision also expanded from paying attention to the life of the elderly living alone to this group in the nursing home, recording everyone's waiting, compassion and happiness.
The longest recording is about grandma Fang, which records her changes in these two years. She becomes more isolated and her communication ability is further disappearing. At the beginning, she can still tell us her past stories, but only her name remains in her mind at present. In the nursing home, there are also grandma Chen and grandpa Zhang who have been calling for attention, and grandpa Shao and his daughter who insist on treatment in the hospital. We have seen various vicissitudes of life about the disease, but life always shines through the ashes and burns to the last second.

The journey of life is always continuing step by step, and children is growing up day by day, but Alzheimer's patients is degenerating day by day, even so, we have to keep moving forward in frustration.

  • Wang Yifan
  • Guo Jianing
  • Wang Yifan
  • Chen Haihua
  • Yu Neng
  • Grandmamma Fang
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    39 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 3, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,100 CNY
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  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    Chinese, English
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Wang Yifan, Guo Jianing

2019 Ash of the life

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Director Statement

In October 2017, we met an old man through a school sister who worked in the community.She is the Fang grandmother in the film. Fang grandmother is suffering from Alzheimer's disease,so we go to visit her regularly.As for the narrative method of the whole film, after discussion we put the narrative line and theme on the perspective of a college student about the group of Alzheimer's disease. We record the truth behind their unconventional and even weird behavior. Through communication with doctors, it was learned that many patients were diagnosed but at that time the symptoms were severe. We hope that the record of the four elderly people in the film will make us known to give the elderly, especially the elderly with this disease, more patience and companionship, because one day we will also grow old.