Immortals in the Village

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Immortals in the Village

Directed by Guangyi Yu

  • China 2017; 109 min
  • Original version: Chinese
  • Genre: Documentary
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YU Guangyi, who has steadfastly detailed the lifestyles of people residing in Northeastern China’s mountainous regions, directs this documentary following the daily life of shamans in a poor village for over four years. When villagers become ill, shamans beat drums and go into a singing and dancing trance, becoming mouthpieces for spirits who relay ways of treating the people’s ailments. This documentary’s main focus is Xu, who worked as a teacher and factory accountant when he was young, and became a shaman in middle age. The film vividly evokes the mysterious way of life of the nearly 70-year-old Xu, his family, and other shamans. In addition, it is a chronicle of a time when people lived in close contact with the spirit world, as well as a culture that will soon disappear.



    Bonny Yu