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EMPTY SKIES

In Communist China (1958-1961), a reward for killing sparrows was offered to keep birds away from the seed. A boy and his friend hunt the last sparrow of their village in the hope that the money will enable his sick grandmother to be cured.
SHORT FICTION
USA 2018
D: WENTING DENG FISHER, LUKE FISHER
19‘, CHINESE; ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Winner of the Award for best short fiction film

JURY STATEMENT

“Empty Skies” manages to tell the story of a great human catastrophe out of a child’s perspective in a gentle, poetic and charming way. It is a visually engaging metaphor for the way political dogmas can jeopardize the existence of species and the ecological balance – with grim repercussions on humanity itself.

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