Official Selection

Shorts (Live Action) Competition

Kneeling Sheep

14 minutes 30 seconds|United States,China

Director:

Hai Rihan

Country:

United States,China

Year:

2019

Film Duration:

14 minutes 30 seconds

Language:

14 minutes 30 seconds

Producer:

Jervis Li

Screenwriter:

Hai Rihan

Cast:

  • Hong Mei
    Key Cast
    “Mother”
  • Namar
    Key Cast
    “Chagan”
  • Baoligao
    Key Cast
    “Sergeant Wang”
  • Havrqeqege
    Key Cast
    “Police Girl”

Synopsis

A Mongolian single mother fights to save her son who is about to be executed, only to discover that the absence of justice is crushing her life.

Director's Statement

“You don't write because you want to say something. You write because you have something to say.” As F. Scott Fitzgerald said, my works have always been about what I have to say to the world as a female Asian filmmaker. The childish dream of mine to be an evil-defeating policewoman when I was little continues to carry its weight in my artistic vision today. Kneeling Sheep is a social drama based on a true story happened in my hometown to a poor Mongolian family. As a Mongolian minority myself, I feel the responsibility of telling the stories of my people to the world. Unjust must be heard in order for justice to arrive.

Hai Director

Hai Rihan

Director

“You don't write because you want to say something. You write because you have something to say.” As F. Scott Fitzgerald said, my works have always been about what I have to say to the world as a female Asian filmmaker. The childish dream of mine to be an evil-defeating policewoman when I was little continues to carry its weight in my artistic vision today. Kneeling Sheep is a social drama based on a true story happened in my hometown to a poor Mongolian family. As a Mongolian minority myself, I feel the responsibility of telling the stories of my people to the world. Unjust must be heard in order for justice to arrive. The difficulties of making this film was sure to be expected. Due to the sensitive subject, we had to do most of our shootings secretly and finish as soon as possible in case of being discovered or reported. Our police uniforms were also purchased through black markets and handmade afterwards. There are also crew members and some others who contributed to the production of the film prefer to remain anonymity, when they should have been credited. We choose to only submit to foreign film festivals. As one of our crew members said, it is both a sad truth and the exact reason why we had to make Kneeling Sheep. To unjust, we must speak up

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