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This film was co-directed by French director Benoit Lelievre and Chinese director Jin Huaqing. The filming team went deep into the international city Yiwu in southeastern China and recorded the daily lives of four Xinjiang women from a delicate perspective. Under the objective and calm lens, the characters present a simple and true appearance, they could represent the truest voice from Xinjiang. The film was shot during the event that some countries boycott the cotton from China's Xinjiang. The occurrence of the incident had a huge impact on China, so that the lives of the four protagonists who were far from home also caused ripples. In the face of this incident, the four women expressed their incomprehension and even dissatisfaction to their families and foreign friends.

 


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RIPPLES : gathering embrace and awards on the festival circuit

Prague, Czech Republic-On October 22, 2021, the Prague Film Festival Awards Ceremony was held online. The film RIPPLES won "Best  Documentary Short  Film" and the  "Audience Award", it was screened on the online platform of the Festival, attracting a large audience, one of the comments described it as  "a magnifying glass to see the real life in Xinjiang, China".

A few days later the film won Grand Jury Prize at the Amsterdam International Film Festival.

Zuzana Dražilová, President of the Prague Film Festival, said: "RIPPLES is undoubtedly the biggest surprise of this year. The jury unanimously decided to award it the best short documentary, and the demanding audience jury also gave it a special award. This film breaks cultural boundaries and prejudices and tells us the spiritual story of a magical place that we have never reached."

During the two film festivals, several European film festival curators expressed interest in selecting the film. Watch out for RIPPLES on th efestival circuit.  

Bruno Chatelin, founder of filmfestivals.com and programmer of the BEST FOR FESTS added: "RIPPLES is remarkably filmed with spectacular cinematography and a transparent account of the day to day lives of families from Xinjiang, describing the way they can handle their business, and the crisis in cotton.
I wish the film a fantastic and well deserved run on the film festival circuit
."

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