The Mountains Sing

“Hawfwen”, a traditional gathering that once popular where the Zhuang people sing folk songs. It often takes place around the clan temples or under the old trees. Singers are divided into male and female groups. They improvised their lyrics to sing in correspondence with one another.

Traveling along the songs in antiphonal style, the camera has found different singers and gatherings, lingered in the rural areas and urban cities, trying to find the broken echo of “hawfwen”.


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41 minutes


HD, Color

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Monday, October 4, 2021 / 18:30 2021 Schedule


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Yang Xiao

Yang Xiao, born in Guilin, Guangxi in 1989. Graduated from Shanghai University and now lives in Shanghai. His past works include “THE SUSPENDED STEP”(2013), “DANCING TOGETHER” (2015)and “CHRONICLE OF A DURIAN”(2017).
As an assistant director and storyboard artist, he participated in the production of “THE WILD GOOSE LAKE” (2019) and “KAILI BLUES”(2014), and also he engaged in film editing and comment writing. His works have been exhibited in several international film festivals at home and abroad, including Paris, Tours, Hawaii, Washington, Orlando, Busan, Delhi, Tallinn, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, Xining, Nanjing, etc.