Icarus Films announced this past week that Chinese documentary filmmaker Wang Bing’s award-winning Three Sisters will be available on DVD in the domestic marketplace beginning on June 13.
It took him six months to document a simple story that is all too common to the rural and remote regions of China. Poverty and the seeming indifference of the central government to the plight of its citizens — there are so many, why fret over the lives of the few.
Bing zeros in on the lives of three young girls, sisters — Yingying, the oldest who is ten, and her younger sisters Zhenzhen (six) and Fenfen (four) — in their village (Xiyangtang) in Yunnan Province (southwest China, bordering on Vietnam, Loas and Burma (aka: Myanmar)).
Mom is gone and their father is always off looking for work. The girl’s only lifeline is a grandfather and nearby aunt … in other words, they pretty much fend for themselves.
Day in and day out the filmmaker observes their lives and in doing so shows much about the nature of life for those in rural China. Three Sisters is certainly a film that challenges the senses.
Three Sisters is presented in Mandarin (with the local Yunnan dialect) with English subtitles.