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Film Details

Nomination Category:

Best Youth Feature Film

Ceremony Year:

2015

Country:

People’s Republic of China

Producers:

Alexandra Sun, Sangye

Co-Producers:

Pema Tseden, Du Qingchun

Director:

Sonthar Gyal

Screenplay:

Sonthar Gyal

Cinematographer:

Wang Meng

APSA Best Youth Feature Film

River is a story mostly told from the perspective of Yangchan, a young Tibetan girl from a sheep herding family who is trying to make sense of her changing world. Her father is alienated by villagers for not visiting his ailing father, who he has a troubled relationship with. Yangchan’s grandfather is a renowned Buddhist monk who lives a hermit lifestyle in a cave where he went to meditate. Yangchan’s father makes the family move prematurely to the summer pastures before the cold weather has passed. Meanwhile Yangchan is being weaned from her mother who is expecting another child. Seeking love and affection, she applies herself to tenderly taking care of an orphaned lamb.