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Traumatised by the tragic death of a Syrian boy, war journalist Meido returns to China to shoot a documentary in Tibet. During the two-month shoot, she not only finds herself deeply entangled in a love affair with Dawa, a Tibetan man and Monk-to-be but is forced to face her inner demons of death and destiny when she discovers a wild “wolf boy” Suo Hua in the forest. Wading through the dense mystery of Tibetan highland, Meido forges ahead against all the odds on her journey of the soul- searching that breaks, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.

  • GUAN Xi
  • XU Haiyun
  • ZHU Li
  • Gengdeng Pengcuo
    Key Cast
  • ZHU Zhu
    Key Cast
  • DUOBU Jie
    Key Cast
    "Master Duonong "
    Key Cast
    "Dawa's sister"
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    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 23, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    9,958,740 CNY
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    Chinese, Tibetan
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Director Biography - GUAN Xi

Award winning Director & Cinematographer
Native of Beijing China.
Her film has been focusing on woman's voice,
culture exchange and discover humanity itself.
She received her two M.F.A. degrees in Film
production at University of Souther California
and Documentary Film Production at Beijing
Normal University. Before attending USC, she
published a photography book, Illusion, which
features photos taken in India, Cambodia, Nepal
and China.
Her thesis Mandala won 2015 DGA Best Short Film
Award. She was the Director of Photography for
the documentary “Looking at the Stars” won 2015
Student Academy Award for Best Documentary.
Guan Xi served as the Cinematographer on feature
film The Mad Whale, Produce and Act by James
As a young filmmaker, she believes her camera is
a weapon and she plans to use it to inspire
people while building an everlasting legacy of
art, vision and creativity.

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Director Statement

I focus on women and cross-cultural subjects. This film is adapted from the novel "Butter Lamp", which makes me deeply empathize with. I have been in Tibet for 20 times since I was 17 years old. I choose the love of the storyline from the novel as the main line in this film, which leads to the fate of intimacy, separation, life, and death. The protagonist Meiduo was fulfilled in the Tibetan secret place, enriched by a greater passion for life, and eventually surpassed her mental suffering. In terms of cinematography, we used an oil painting style of lighting with an atmospheric camerawork to magnify the dramatic and emotional tension inherent in the novel. This film is a fascinating plateau painting, sighing the true nature of life, bring an endless warm flow into our heart.