《活着》  汶川震后再生育题材纪录片/ 范俭The Next Life by Fan Jian

”Alive” Wenchuan after the earthquake, the theme of the birth of the documentary / Fan Yi.

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影片信息:
2011年
中国
纪录片
79分钟
高清
彩色
立体声
16:9
四川方言
中英文字幕
官网:www.thenextlifemovie.com

影片简介:

2010年5月,家住四川都江堰的叶红梅开始了第二次试管生育的过程,她8岁的女儿在汶川地震中遇
难。汶川地震中有子女死亡或伤残的家庭有六千多个,其中有五千多个家庭准备再次生育。这些地
震丧子家庭普遍希望通过生育能让死去的那个生命”轮回”到新生命中。叶红梅就希望再生一个女
儿,就能让过去那个孩子回到她身边。但对于已经40岁的叶红梅而言,再生育的进程非常艰难。由
于她年纪大,输卵管也有损伤,而她又不愿收养别人的孩子,试管生育成为她的惟一选择。而试管
生育带给她巨大痛苦,她的身体渐渐难以承受。叶红梅的丈夫祝俊生在地震中未能救起自己的女
儿,一直心怀愧疚,如果能再生一个女儿,就能减轻他的愧疚感。由于身体和资金的原因,第二次
试管生育可能是叶红梅和祝俊生最后的机会,也面临极大的风险,他们能成功吗?

主创简介:

制片人 梁为超
梁为超,独立纪录片制片商Peak & Galaxy Communications的创立人,以制片人的身份帮助中国的优秀独立导演与国际市场对接。2010年,他与范俭导演合作的关于汶川地震再孕母亲的纪录片《活着》(The Next Life)获得NHK电视台和半岛电视台合拍资金,他还帮助刘硕、费佑明导演在新加坡新传媒(Mediacorp)和日本NHK联合举办的”亚洲预售”(Asian Pitch)中胜出,而他与单佐龙导演合作的项目《陌上桑》(Song of the Mulberries)获选EDN和Documentary Campus联合举办的2010年”跨界探险”(Crossing Borders)计划和2011年柏林电影节Doc Station项目。

导演 范俭
范俭,1977年生,1999年毕业于武汉大学,2006年毕业于北京电影学院导演系。曾在中央电视台从事纪录片创作多年,2007年开始独立制作纪录片。范俭于2006年完成的《在城市里跳跃》入选阿姆斯特丹国际纪录片电影节、英国牛津纪录片电影节等多个国内外电影节,2008年完成的《的哥》入选中国独立影像展十佳纪录片及香港亚洲电影节。2009到2010年,范俭两度参加南方多媒短片节,并两度获奖。2010年,范俭创作的汶川震后再生育题材纪录片《活着》与日本NHK等国际电视机构联合制作,入围2011年阿姆斯特丹国际纪录片电影节竞赛单元,获得2011广州国际纪录片节评审团特别奖。2012年,范俭的纪录片项目《在城市里奔跑》入选柏林电影节天才训练营。

2011
China / Japan / England
Documentary
79 mins
HD
Color
Stereo
16:9
In Sichuan dialect
with Chinese / English subtitles
www.thenextlifemovie.com

In May 2010, Ye Hongmei, a native of Dujiangyan city in Sichuan province, started her Odyssey to xget pregnant again. Her eight year old daughter was killed in the devastating Wenchuan earthquake of 2008, a catastrophe that killed and maimed more than 6000 children. Due to China’s one-child policy, most of the grieving families were left childless. Among them, about 5000 couples are planning to have new babies. This surge in child-birth has almost become a ritual where a new life is seen as the reincarnation of the lost one. Hongmei, our heroine, expressly wishes for a daughter. Refusing to come to terms with the reality, she believes that another girl would mean the return of her gone daughter. The birth of a son, on the other hand, is unacceptable to her. However, at age 40, pregnancy becomes an ordeal for her. Oviduct inflammation makes her chance of conceiving slim. Since she is reluctant to adopt a child, in vitro fertilization becomes her only option. To this end she has to bear extraordinary pains: she travels 50 miles every day just to receive injections and blood tests. Back home, she has to go through acupuncture treatment. This arduous process takes a toll on her health and she is on the brink of a break-down.

While her husband takes good care of her at home, he is jobless and lives on unemployment compensation. He is also fond of drinking and smoking. Instead of showing unswerving love for his wife, he thinks of divorce when the prospects of Hongmei getting pregnant begin to dwindle. The government covers the two attempts by each couple to get in vitro fertilization but the couple has to bear all additional costs. There are other sources of grievances too: on the anniversary of the earthquake, the authorities tried to prevent parents from holding public memorial to remember their children.

Among Hongmei’s female friends who likewise lost children in the earthquake, some got pregnant. Others didn’t. In either case, it could be a source of stress for her. Meanwhile she becomes increasingly concerned about her age. The weakening health and financial strains make her second in vitro fertilization attempt her last, with considerable risks. Can she make it?

Richard Liang – Producer

Richard Liang is the founder of Peak & Galaxy Communications which specializes in independent documentary films production. Liang has dedicated his career to the internationalization of Chinese documentary films. The Next Life, a doc film produced by Liang and directed by Fan Jian, secured co-production funds from NHK & AJE. Liang also played a key role in the successful pitching of films by Directors Liu Shuo and Fei Youming during the Asian Pitch co-sponsored by Mediacorp (Singapore) and NHK (Japan). Song of the Mulberries, a film he collaborates with Director Shan Zuolong, has been selected by the “Crossing Borders” plan funded by EDN and Documentary Campus, as well as the Doc Station project of the Berlin Film Festival.

Fan Jian – Director

Fan Jian graduated from the Department of Director of Beijing Film Academy. He is an independent filmmaker in Beijing. He used to work for China Central Television and has made more than twenty documentary shorts. In 2006, his documentary film on Chinese migrant workers, Dancing in the City, was selected by the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam and was screened at numerous film festivals in and out of China. In 2008, his film Taxi was among the Top Ten Documentaries at the China Independent Film Festival (CIFF) and was admitted by the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival and OXDOX. His new documentary film The Next Life records the arduous efforts to have another child by a couple who lost their only daughter in Sichuan Earthquake of 2008. A co-production with NHK & AJE, The Next Life was screened at multiple international film festivals and TV stations in 2011.

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