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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' - October 2021 - Feature documentary 28 minutes - Film Rights available worldwide

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'RIPPLES'  -  October 2021 - Feature documentary 28 minutes - Film Rights available worldwide

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.

Huaqing Jin BIO

Huaqing Jin has directed films like Living with Shame, Blossom with Tears,Lament of Yumen, Endless Road and so on, for which received 40 rewards in international film festival in 18 countries, like France, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Korea, Japan and so on , including The UNICEF Prize, 2012, 27th Pärnu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival for Best children's Film Award, and 4th China Documentary Academy Award for Best Short Documentary Award. For example, the film Living with Shame was awarded "2008 Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival Jury Prize", and the film Blossom with Tears was awarded "The UNICEF Prize". His Documentaries broadcasted on Al Jazeera television in Qata, BBC, EBS, Fuji TV and so on. Dierctor Hauqing jin served as the the jury of 21st Asian International Film Festival in Vesoul, the final student competition in the 8th Russian Anthropological Film Festival. Huaqing jin is the signed director of Shanxi Culture Industry Investment holdings co Ltd, the creative tutor of Lanzhou University, and the visiting Instructor of Zhejiang University Of Media And Communications, in addition to, he is the adjunct lecturer of Suzhou University. In 2010, he started to hold activities, like Video Training Camp and Video Workshops, the students from different parts of China.

 

'RIPPLES' - Film REVIEWS

RIPPLES: Chinese Whispers

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A gentle but gorgeously photographed short documentary, QUIETLY seems to offer some correctives to current tales of social or humanitarian injustices within the vast lands of China. A handful of artlessly handled interviews with hard-working women from the distant province of Xinjiang  reveal a country  where the traditional and contemporary ways of life seem to blend smoothly, even successfully. A dutiful daughter is packing cotton for despatch, picked in the enormous fiel...
 

 

RIPPLES : gathering embrace and awards on the festival circuit

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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 Fil...
 

 

RIPPLES: Stories of Businesswomen from Xinjiang to Yiwu

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Benoit Lelievre: director Huaqing Jin:  co-director   Ripples is a documentary short that focuses on how trade restrictions on cotton from Xinjiang since 2020 has affected four women who have lived in Yiwu, China for the past several years. They were born in Xinjiang and moved to Yiwu and with members of their families run their own business. In their stories they express a longing for Xinjiang and its natural resources, an autonomous region in China where 80% of the country&...
 

 

RIPPLES - Yiwu Women: Successes and Concerns

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RIPPLES  by Benoit Lelievre offers a cogent interpretation of their lifes by some women who have spent several years in  Yiwu City in the Zhejiang Province of China settling there coming from the  landlocked  Xinjiang autonomous Uyghur province where Uyghurs and Han Chinese live together. Also popular as a foreign tourist destination  it has lately drawn international  media attention to its  cotton industry boycott  by some Western  countries.&nbs...
 

 

RIPPLES, Review: A silky, velvety film about cotton-rich Xinjiang

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RIPPLES is film about Muslim women of Xinjiang, who now live in Yiwu, and how they miss their homeland. While China is universally acknowledged as a military and economic super-power, prejudices and misconceptions about the country’s internal matters abound. One such contentious issue is the plight of the Uyghur (Uighur) Muslims, who form a large part of the population of its Xinjiang province, in the north-west, an autonomous region, like Tibet. It is bordered by the Chinese province...
 

 

RIPPLES peeks inside the hem of Yiwu to Xinjiang China’s cotton production circuit

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Ripples peeks inside the hem of Yiwu to Xinjiang China’s cotton production circuit Reviewed by Quendrith Johnson “You know brands such as H&M, all those famous marks use Xinjiang cotton. Now Xinjiang cotton cannot go to foreign countries,” explains Amani Shahan in RIPPLES, a 27-minute short film exploration currently on the film festival circuit. From co-directors Benoit Lelievre and Huaqing Jin, this documentary subject peeks into the lives of those families ...

 

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