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From the dGenerate Films Collection
The Black and White Milk Cow(Yi Zhi Hua Nai Niu)
A film by YANG Jin
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A young schoolteacher unknowingly enters a tangled web of politics in Yang Jin's unsentimental dissection of the Chinese countryside.

When his father dies from AIDS following a botched blood transfer, Jinsheng must return to his home village to take care of his aging grandmother. Taking on the role of a schoolteacher in this barren village, Jinsheng is given a milk cow for his salary in place of money. On behalf of his students, the young man cunningly uses the cow to gain influence within this poor community dominated by stifling bureaucratic governance and backward feudal customs. Will Jinsheng's unexpected rise to power be crushed within this oppressive environment, or will he find his way back out?

Shot on a micro-budget with remarkable black-and-white compositions, this debut film by Yang Jin (ER DONG, 2009 Rotterdam Film Festival), is a bold look at the starkly limited prospects for youth stranded in China's poorest regions. The film depicts a rural landscape left behind by urban growth, blighted by poverty and HIV, still a taboo topic in China. THE BLACK AND WHITE MILK COW offers one of the most thoughtful considerations of social commitment and individual responsibility in contemporary Chinese cinema.

Ecumenical Jury Award, Don Quixote Prize, Fribourg International Film Festival
NETPAC Award, Delhi Cinefan Festival
Network for Promotion of Asian Cinema Award, Osiana's Cinefan Festival
Shadow Film Festival, Paris
  

93 minutes / color
Shanxi dialect w/English subtitles
Release: 2012
Copyright: 2004
Sale: $295

Subject areas:
Adolescence, Asia, China, HIV/AIDS, dGenerate Films Collection - Narratives



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