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Di yi ci de li bie

A First Farewell

Ein erster Abschied

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‘As long as Isa is in your pictures, you’ll never be apart. You can always be together in your pictures.’

Deep in northwestern China, surrounded by cotton fields and desert, lies the Uyghur village that Isa calls home. When he is not at school or working on his parents’ farmyard, he spends carefree days with his friends – until the outside world starts forcing him to say one goodbye after another. With Isa’s mother’s illness placing an increasing burden on the family, his father considers putting her in a care home, far away from the village. Isa’s best friend Kalbinur is getting bad grades, and is about to be sent to a faraway Chinese school. And then the little lamb, which the two children had been looking after with devotion ever since it was born, disappears. Captured in naturalistic imagery, winter closes in on Isa’s world.

Wang Lina

People's Republic of China 2018

Uighur, Mandarin

86’ · Colour

recommendation: 7 years and up


Isa Yasan (Isa)
Kalbinur Rahmati (Kalbinur)
Alinaz Rahmati (Kalbinur’s Brother)
Musa Yasan (Isa’s Brother)
Yasan Kamisu (Isa’s Father)
Ugulem Sugur (Isa’s Mother)
Tajigul Heilmeier (Kalbinur’s Mother)
Rahmati Kuramu (Kalbinur’s Father)
Kuramu Kasimu (Kalbinur’s Grandfather)


Written and directed by
Wang Lina
Director of Photography
Li Yong
Matthieu Laclau
Sound Design
Li Danfeng
Wang Lina
Wang Lina
Executive Producer
Qin Xiaoyu
Qin Xiaoyu, Cai Qingzeng
Production Manager
Pan Zhiyong
Chen Fei, Gao Li, Liu Hui, Xiang Huaquan, Xu Chuantong, Patrick Mao Huang
Tencent Pictures Cultural Media, Shanghai
Khorgos Interactive Media, Xinjiang
Beijing Medoc Film, Peking
Shanghai Bridgestream, Shanghai
Emei Film Group, Sichuan


Wang Lina

Born in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in 1987, she graduated with a master’s degree from the Communication University of China in Beijing. Di yi ci de li bie (A First Farewell) is her debut film; it won the Best Asian Future Film Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival.


2018 Di yi ci de li bie (A First Farewell)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Produced by

Shanghai Eternity Media & Culture

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