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/10
202 Ratings

Ta’ang

Directed by Wang Bing
Hong Kong, France, 2016
Documentary

Synopsis

The TA’ANG, a Burmese ethnic minority, are caught between a civil war and the chinese border. Since early 2015, heavy fights have forced thousands of children, women and older people on an exodus across the border, into China.

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Ta’ang Directed by Wang Bing
Pack a sleeping bag before entering Wang Bing’s patient, immersive study of the lives of refugees seeking safety on the border between Myanmar and China. The film runs almost 150 minutes but feels longer, in a good way… Much of the film is given to real-time observation, the everyday reality of a tragedy captured in long, unbroken shots, some casually framed and illuminated by candles or campfires.
May 03, 2017
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If Ta’ang feels genuinely humanistic, it’s because of its abiding respect for the lives it follows. Wang treats his subjects, suffering though they are, with sympathetic dignity. The film follows these refugees closely but with a physical and narrative distance that respects their independence. In fact, these men and women guide much of the story, only incidentally revealing the personal details that make it so moving in the course of their work and worries.
May 01, 2017
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As in his recent asylum expose, ‘Til Madness Do Us Part, Wang puts a premium on scenes of commiseration amid the unendurable, and sandwiched between the movie’s rugged, crudely framed scenes of flight and dogged endurance is a remarkable centerpiece, a collection of conversations by fire- and candlelight between refugees too exhausted to move, too rattled to sleep, caught in Georges de La Tour lighting.
September 22, 2016
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