Three sisters

Three sisters

San zime

DVD - 2012 | Chinese | Widescreen edition.
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Introduces viewers to 10-year-old YingYing, 6-year-old Zhenzhen and 4-year-old Fenfen, who live alone in Xiyangtang, a tiny rural village in the high mountains of China's Yunnan province. Their father is away working in the city; their mother left the family long ago. The girls help their grandfather or aunt in exchange for meals. They spend their days at grueling tasks: herding sheep, goats and pigs, searching for firewood, collecting dung. Games are few and far between. The eldest, Yingying, is her sisters' primary caretaker, shouldering responsibilities far beyond her years.
Publisher: [Paris, France] : Album Productions, [2012]
Edition: Widescreen edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
Branch Call Number: DVD Mandarin 362.70951 THR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (153 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in., rda
digital, optical, rda
widescreen (1.85:1), rda
NTSC, rda
video file, DVD video, all regions
Alternative Title: San zime [videorecording]


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May 14, 2018

a very good eye opener into the daily lives of three sisters whose mother has abandoned them. Their father takes work in the city to support them but work is scarce. For all intents and purposes they are left to fend for themselves for quite a bit of the day and months at a time while the father is away. Chores are done in exchange for meals from an aunt. Life is very basic, dirty and fragile; routines are unchanging and monotonous. When their father returns from the city, there are 'presents' of new outfits. He returns to the city with the youngest daughter in order to find a 'babysitter' who will be the family's next mother.

Feb 22, 2018

Cinema vérité, very unusual. I found it highly worthwhile.

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