Private Project

The Last DuanGong

The story is about a man called HengYu; he is a DuanGong (sorcerer in the Qiang language) in the real world. When the people surrounding him do not trust his traditional old spells, he still follows his own traditions and lives in his own spiritual world. His master who has experienced the rich and colorful life of the city, thought that being an old, traditional DuanGong is a job for getting money in exchange for liquor. The master always attempts to persuade HengYu to give up his obsession as a DuanGong and relax more in his work. One day, HengYu’s master steals a very important bell used for religious rites because he owed someone money, and it becomes a catalyst for family conflicts. HengYu’s sister uses the theft as an excuse to place the blame on HengYu’s wife, for whom she has held a grudge for not yet having kids with her brother. At the same time, HengYu found out that his wife was taking modern medicine behind his back which hurt him further. When HengYu learns the truth about the bell, he is disappointed in everyone around him. His wife cannot bear these conflicts and leaves home. At the end, HengYu takes all of his traditional props and heads to the graveyard to bury his culture...

  • YuXin Yan
    Director
  • YuXin Yan
    Writer
  • YuanJiang Yan
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 4, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    China
  • Country of Filming:
    China
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - YuXin Yan

I am student in ShangHai Theatre Academy , my major is film production. I come from Sichuan ABa where mixes both Tibetan culture and Qiang culture.My father is Tibetan and my mother is Qiang ,which give me a very multi-cultural childhood. All I did is to through my films express exploration of my culture backgrounds .

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Director Statement

Eleven years ago on May 12, the Qiang people faced the world for the first time, and were recognized by the world as “the people on the clouds.” That should not be all that this unique culture should be known for around the world. As a native Qiang female director, I want to show the multi-cultural Qiang to all of China and the rest of the planet. I want to know if I can preserve this special culture through film and also know the impact that film as a medium can have can have in preserving a rapidly vanishing cultural identity. I live in a reinforced concrete forest holding on to my background as a Qiang girl, and I cannot find a sense of belonging. I always feel that something is missing. Looking at the bright lights of office buildings in the middle of the night and the people coming and going in the subway, I begin to miss my hometown and the ethnic background connected with it. Through my film, I am trying to know more about the Qiang people, and have been gradually learning more as shooting progressed even with my background. The only thing that gives me comfort is that time goes away and images last. I hope I can use the film to record my exploration of my culture, and share my journey.