THE LITTLE SISTERS OF THE GRASSLAND
Directed by Qian Yunda, Tang Cheng
Two young sisters in Inner Mongolia will stop at nothing to protect their family’s flock of over 300 sheep, and not even a snow storm can stand in their way. Their steadfast fearlessness is a testament to their tenacity, but also their nationalism, their devotion to family livelihood, and the spirit of martyred hero Lei Feng, the sort of iconic common folk that turns everyday work into model acts of collective service. Based on a true story that also inspired an opera and countless works of pop culture, this medium-length film pulls together an impressive array of visual splendor and ideological songs to produce a revolutionary work of propaganda, girl-power, disaster action, and ethnographic nationalism. –Brian Hu
Special Presentations / 59 minsTo contextualize this year’s shattering new film HAVE A NICE DAY, we present two earlier examples of Chinese 2D animation: PIGSY EATS WATERMELON (1958) and THE LITTLE SISTERS OF THE GRASSLAND (1965). Both family-friendly shorts are presented in new digital restorations and are preceded by a short lecture by Chinese animation historian Sean Macdonald.