Synopsis:
At the end of the 1950s, the Chinese government condemned thousands of citizens - considered ‘right wing dissidents’ due their past activities, criticisms of the Communist Party or simply their middle-class backgrounds and families - to forced labour camps. Deported for re-education to the north-west of the country, in the middle of the Gobi Desert, thousands of miles from their families, they encountered conditions of absolute destitution. As a result of backbreaking physical labour, an unrelentingly extreme climate and the most meager of provisions, many of them perished. 
The Ditch recounts their fate - an unflinching account of the very extremes of the human condition. 
Cast:
Lu Ye, Lian Renjun, Xu Cenzi, Yang Haoyu , Cheng Zhengwu , Jing Niansong, ... 
Recent selection(s):
TIFF - Toronto International Film Festival (Toronto)
Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica - La Biennale di Venezia (Venice)
Director's filmography:
- Soleil Aveugle (2009 - Feature)
- Le Fossé (2010 - Feature)
Type:
Feature
Genre:
Fiction
Year of production:
2010
Status:
Finished
Runtime:
109'
Original Version:
mandarin
Majority:
No
Production:
Entre Chien et Loup
Sales:
Wild Bunch
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