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A First Farewell

Wang Lina
China 2018 / 86’
A Tale of Three Sisters

Bidding farewell to childhood China’s Xinjiang region. Isa has no inkling of what the future will bring. Although life in the provinces is certainly not easy, the clever young boy is used to taking care of his sick mother, not to mention the hard word involved in growing cotton. When he doesn’t have to study or help his brother in the fields, he and a friend look after a young sheep. One day, however, when they’re away from home, his mother disappears. This is a harbinger of painful changes and separations to come, creating an emptiness that Isa will find it difficult to fill. In her debut film—an award winner in Berlin—the young director shows the pros and cons of life in far-off Xinjiang, her native province, a region now facing the impact of modernization: Muslim Uyghurs living in the region are abandoning their traditional way of life and family villages in order to secure a better future. A First Farewell shows the consequences of these processes from the perspective of a child whose world is slowly falling apart. This moving story combines insouciance and sadness and features wonderful performances by amateur actors.

Mariusz Mikliński


Berlin IFF 2019 – Best Film of Generation Kplus; Tokyo IFF 2018 – Asian Future Best Film Award

Wang Lina

Born in 1987, Lina Wang is a director from the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China. She completed her studies at the Communication University of China in Beijing. Her debut film, A First Farewell, won awards in Berlin, Hong Kong and Tokyo.


2018 Pierwsze pożegnanie / Di yi ci de li bie / A First Farewell

Cast & Crew

director Wang Lina
screenplay Wang Lina
cinematography Li Yong
editing Matthieu Laclau
music Wenzi
cast Isa Yasan, Kalbinur Rahmati, Alinaz Rahmati, Musa Yasan, Yasan Kamisu, Ugulem Sugur
producer Qin Xiaoyu, Cai Qingzeng
production Shanghai Eternity Media & Culture
sales The Flash Forward
language Uighur, Mandarin
colouration colour