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From the dGenerate Films Collection
Ta'ang
A film by Wang Bing
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The Ta'ang, a Burmese ethnic minority, are caught between a civil war and the Chinese border. Since early 2015, heavy fights have forced thousands of children, women and older people on an exodus across the border, into China. TA'ANG follows the daily life of these refugees, forced to leave their home but hoping to return there soon.

"A masterpiece depicting dignity in the face of dehumanizing displacement."Artforum

"Wang Bing zeroes in on the lives of refugees living on the war-torn borderlands between Myanmar and China."The Hollywood Reporter

"Brilliant! Jump cut to the harsh realities facing approximately 100,000 Ta’ang, Han, Dai and Burmese refugees fleeing across Myanmar’s northern border into China."Fandor

"An urgent account of a refugee crisis that Western media so far has rarely looked at."Film Comment

"A remarkable visual document...more real and raw than most documentaries on exodus and refugees. Eerily beautiful and deeply touching."Toronto International Film Festival

"Unforgettable. Wang’s cinema unearths the Prometheus in all of us: we give ourselves fire, we give each other fire, and life becomes liveable."Cinema Scope

"Sublime...A striking documentary on the migrant condition."Libération

"Channels the destitute yet hopeful no-man's (and woman's) existence of the refugee experience."Mubi

2016 Berlinale

147 minutes / color
In Ta'ang/Palaung with English subtitles
Release: 2017
Copyright: 2016

Subject areas:
Asia, Asian Studies, Burma, China, Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Palaung, Ta'ang, Thailand, dGenerate Films Collection - Documentaries



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