Experiencing Interruptions?

What life holds

Located on the border of China-Myanmar, “Lengshuigou” is the "place of women origin" in the Ta'ang ethnic language on the cross-border. In 2017, Xiao Xin, an 18-year-old Burmese girl, married Cao Zhiqiang, who was teens older than her, for several hundred yuan of betrothal gifts. The camera follows her four years of life. Sudden birth of a child, husband betrayal, identity dilemma, laundry and cooking, harvesting and planting, again pregnant — wrapped up her daily life like a silkworm weaving a silk cocoon. Where should the unidentified Burmese brides and their children in the village go in the outbreak of epidemic? With the change of fate, the film also opens out a discussion of how a group of displaced girls make their home and how they can be normal women. The director alone undertook the shooting and editing of the film, quietly watching the disappearance of tradition and the modern changes of Ta'ang village in the four years. The faint flames of so-called nationality and nature intertwine the visible and invisible arcs of life on the border in a very complicated way.

  • Yuehan GUO
  • Yuehan GUO
  • Yuxin ZHANG
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Student
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 25 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 20, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    100,000 CNY
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    Chinese, Chinese, Chinese
  • Shooting Format:
    DIgital,sony camera
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Beijing Film Academy
  • 2021 Beijing Ethnographic Film Festival
    October 21, 2021
    Beijing Premiere
    Best Film for Student Unit
Director Biography - Yuehan GUO

A graduate student in the Directing Department of Beijing Film Academy. This documentary is the director’s graduation work and the first feature documentary.

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Director Statement

The disappearance of tradition and the addition of life coexist. The death of an elder represents the passing of tradition, and the joining of the Burmese bride and the birth of a new life are the composition of new village members. In this part, I used the method of film and television anthropology to observe and record. This also constitutes the environmental and cultural background of the film.
From the perspective of women, the film shows their discourse space as women, their understanding of marriage and childbirth, and their outlook on love, including their labor and play. Facing the pressure of life and the confusion of growth, they use their own ways to find the meaning of life.