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From the dGenerate Films Collection
Raised from Dust(Ju Zi Chen Tu)
A film by GAN Xiao Er
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A heartbreaking story told with compassion, RAISED FROM DUST sheds light on the unexplored lives of the approximately 40 million Christians in China.

Xiao-Li (Hu Shuli) is a devoted housewife and an active member of her local Catholic church in the Henan farmlands of southern China. Her faith is put to the test as her husband (Zhang Xianmin) is hospitalized with respiratory illness due to unsafe working conditions, leaving his life clinging to an oxygen machine. Forced to work simple jobs to pay for her husband's hospital care, Xiao-Li takes her young daughter (Lu Shengyue) out of school, unable to pay for tuition. She finds support only from fellow members of her congregation. But will her faith and devotion be enough to save her family?

Filmed with a beautiful eye for both vast rural landscapes and human intimacy, RAISED FROM DUST explores the lives of those rarely seen in modern-day China, and announces Gan Xiao Er as a new major talent in world cinema.

"A gentle, sympathetic look at the role of faith in a poor rural community." —Richard Kuipers, Variety

Rotterdam International Film Festival
Pusan International Film Festival

102 minutes / color
Henan dialect w/English subtitles
Release: 2012
Copyright: 2006
Sale: $295

Subject areas:
Asia, China, Christianity, East Asia, Family Relations, dGenerate Films Collection - Narratives

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