Singing in the Wilderness

© Jisong Li


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Original title: 旷野歌声
Directed by Dongnan Chen
Duration 99’ l Mandarin, A-Hmao language with English and Portuguese subtitles

After hiding in the mountains for a century, a Miao ethnic Christian choir is discovered by a propaganda official and becomes a national sensation. Two young Miaos and all the villagers must reconcile their faith, identity and love with the real world of China.

Dongnan Chen's debut film, The Trail from Xinjiang has been widely screened and, though censored in China, it has become one of the most watched independent documentaries underground. Sound of Vision, an experimental short, which she worked on as one of the producers, directors and editors, was nominated for an Emmy Award and premiered at HotDocs. Dongnan's works have been seen on NBC, NYC TV, Vice, Tencent and PBS. Singing in the Wilderness is her first feature documentary.

Production Country, Year China, 2021
Produced by Tail Bite Tail Inc
Producers Qi Zhao, Violet Du Feng, Dongnan Chen
Associate Producers Yutian Feng
Directors of Photography Jisong Li
Sound Dongnan Chen
Editor Emelie Mahdavian