Films

Rootless

Alice Xue Yu
2015 | 25 minutes | China, U.S.A.
Director in Attendance

Mongolian culture in China is fading, traditional lifestyles giving way under the pressures of financial need, policy regulations, and the inexorable urbanization of the general population. In Barag Banner, Inner Mongolia, one family encapsulates the transformation: a son leaves the country for education in the city, a father remains behind in the grasslands to provide, and a wife and mother commutes between the old world and the new.

This screening is part of the Emerging Visual Anthropologists Showcase and will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and Dr. Pegi Vail, Graduate Program in Culture and Media, NYU.

Co-presented by New York University Center for Media, Culture, and History

Thresholds, My Perspective

Boundaries in Rootless are very prominent both physically and culturally. For a town built on top of the grassland, there are obvious divides and mixes of traditional natural herdsmen life as well as great influences of modernization. Rootless explores the boundaries and where it leads as they make for the split life Lotus and her son experience everyday. As a filmmaker who was born in Inner Mongolia the province but moved away at a very young age, I found myself caught in between the boundaries with language and lifestyle during the production of Rootless, but eventually evolved into a more visual than conversational approach of documenting. 

 - Alice Xue Yu | Director, Rootless