The River in Me
Guided by Beijing based Chinese ethno-rock musician Su Yang, The River in Me takes us on a musical journey to Su’s hometown in Northwest China, where the traditional art forms of Qinqiang, Piying, and Huaer originated. As part of the result of a three-year ethnographic project, the documentary depicts how the local villagers embrace life through their unique musical and artistic expressions, and how they struggle to keep those traditions alive.
The film includes a number of marvelous pieces of the traditional folklores and their contemporary adaptations. Coupled with the camera’s sensual touch of magical Loess Plateau and Yellow River in that region, The River in Me truthfully presents life as it is in Northwest China: raw, passionate, and full of vitality.
HE Yuan is an anthropologist and documentary filmmaker. His majors work Apuda (2011) and Father and Son (2009) have been shown and awarded in several international film festivals including International Festival of Audiovisual Programs (FIPA) and International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).
KE Yongquan is a recent graduate from the School of Journalism and Communication at Tsinghua University. Currently, he works as a documentary filmmaker.
YANG Zhichun is a PhD candidate in the School of Journalism and Communication at Tsinghua University. He has participated in the production of several Chinese documentaries, including Masters in Forbidden City (2016).