Directed by Sonthar Gya
The complexity of family relations takes center stage in River. A little Tibetan girl is weaned by her mother who has become pregnant, causing the girl to think she is losing her parents’ love. Her fears go largely unnoticed. At the same time, her shepherd father’s resentment against her grandfather continues to simmer over what he perceives to be an unforgivable act. Tibet’s isolated landscape provides a stunning backdrop to the family’s slide into crisis, while the comically expressive face of the little keeps the mood tender.
Actor Yangchen Lhamo was named Asian New Talent Award-Best Actress at the 18th Shanghai International Film Festival for her performance in this film. River was selected for the Generation section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival and won four nominations at the FIRST National Film Festival.
This screening is part of AAIFF’s Chinese Art Films Series
The 39th Asian American International Film Festival is honored to partner with the Shanghai Film Distribution and Exhibition Association to present premieres of four award-wining Chinese art films in New York City.