The 75th Cannes Film Festival ended successfully a few days ago. Tens of thousands of filmmakers gathered in this grand cultural festival to share a film feast. One of the documentaries about China’s Xinjiang, RIPPLES, sparked heated discussions in Cannes. The film was broadcast online on the official platform of Cannes Film Festival on May 19th and 22nd, attracting many audiences, filmmakers and media reporters from all over the world.
On May 27, RIPPLES was screened at the Cannes Film Palace, and the director was invited to attend the film festival in person. What is impressive is that after the screening, the audience stood up and applauded for a long time. Many audience members said that they were greatly shocked, which refreshed everyone’s impression of Xinjiang.
In fact, it is not easy for international audiences to watch documentary filmed in Xinjiang local. This documentary goes deep into the international city of Yiwu in southeastern China and Xinjiang in the northwest China, and records the daily life of four Xinjiang women from a new perspective. In the objective and calm lens, the characters show a simple and real appearance, representing the most authentic voice of Xinjiang, and also let everyone see a vibrant, united and harmonious Xinjiang.
Before the Cannes Film Festival, RIPPLES has won the Best Documentary Short Film & Audience Favorite Award at the 2021 Prague Film Festival, and the Grand Jury Prize at the 2021 Amsterdam International Film Festival, receiving critical acclaim at several screenings. Moira Sullivan, a famous Swedish film critic, said after watching the film: It’s a carefully crafted film with exquisite technique. For those who have never been to Xinjiang, the film presents the region as a fascinating mix of tradition and modernity.
The executive director of the Amsterdam International Film Festival said: “Without a doubt, RIPPLES is the biggest surprise of the year. The demanding jury also gave it special praise and…