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Spring Festival

A desperate mother is looking for money to pay for her sons surgery, an ailing wife is waiting for the doctors to give her news on her dying husband, a nephew is taking turns taking care of his aunt, all are waiting on the hallways of the hospital during China's most important holiday, the Chinese Spring Festival.

  • Xinduo Li
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    29 minutes
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    February 10, 2020
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    1,000 USD
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Director Biography - Xinduo Li

Xinduo Li is an Assistant Professor in Art Directing and Art History at China Woman University and Beijing Film Academy, New Creative Media College Qingdao. He is best known for the “Ocean” video installation art and for his comparative studies of Chinese art theory and Western art criticism. He has developed specialized knowledge in three core areas: art from a global perspective, art and film language, and art theory and aesthetics. The short documentary "Chunjie" (Spring Festival) was shot in 2015, while attending for a family member at Rizhao Hospital, and represents a social portrait of patient experience in China.

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Director Statement

In 2015, I spent over one month in Rizhao Hospital in China, attending for my aunt who had suffered from a stroke. While taking care of her, I decided to record the lives of the family of other patients, while observing them closely on the hallways of the hospital and sharing in their pain. Four years later, while quarantined inside from corovid19, I finally had the time to put together the final version of "The Spring Festival". This short documentary is about the frailty of human life and our helplessness when those we care most about are hurt. Amidst human tragedy, the only comfort we can find is in each other.