A fascinating documentary about a small village in a mountainous region of China.
Dir. Xiao Xiao
The remote Chinese village of Turtle Rock, named after a local rock formation that resembles a giant turtle, has been home to just seven families who share four surnames for almost a century and who moved there after fleeing war. Filmed delicately from afar in stunning black and white, this beautiful observational documentary witnesses to the residents as they weather the four seasons. Director Xiao Xiao’s grandmother was one of the first people to be born in Turtle Rock, and the fact that he grew up in the village allows him to get close to the inhabitants as they go about their daily lives in poetic fashion.