Dargye and Drolkar's two boisterous youngest sons have blown up their parents' condoms like balloons. Not only does this outrage the entire village in Tibet in the early 1980s, but more practically: they have no more condoms. The shepherd couple already have three sons, and as China has recently introduced its one-child policy, they can't have any more. But Dargye is as horny as one of his stud rams, so some form of contraception is essential.

Once China's one-child policy was relaxed in 2015 – now permitting two children per family – space opened up for films examining the consequences of the measure. Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden takes a drily comic approach to the subject, captured in deceptively simple handheld footage full of implicit symbolism. In his world, there is no chasm between modernity and tradition; rather, the two gently rub against each other.

Screenings

  • Thu 23 Jan de Doelen Willem Burger Zaal
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  • Sat 25 Jan Pathé 2
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  • Wed 29 Jan Pathé 5
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  • Fri 31 Jan Pathé 4
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Original title
Qiqiu
Filmmaker
Pema Tseden
Country
China
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
102’
Language
Tibetan
Producer
Huang Xufeng, Jacky Pang
Production Company
Factory Gate Films, Mani Stone Pictures
Sales
Rediance
Writer
Pema Tseden
Cinematography
Lu Songye
Editor
Liao Ching-Sung, Jin Di
Production Design
Daktse Dondrup
Music
Peyman Yazdanian
Cast
Sonam Wangmo, Jinpa, Yangshik Tso