2015 / 80 minutes

Directed by
Qiao Wu
Country of production

Each Floral-belt Dai village has a “Commune-head” who takes charge of annual collective ceremonies. The Commune-head is picked out through a God election ritual. All candidates’ clothes should be weighed with a steelyard. Some of them will turn heavier and the heaviest one will be crowned in a custom that has lasted for centuries. Yet today we witnessed an unprecedented challenge to it: in 2012, all chosen ones of the village desperately refused to take the position. The village disputed over this tough situation, from which emerges the tension between tradition and new culture, folk beliefs and government agents.

In the 2017 RAI Film Fest
Language and subtitles
Dai language
Location(s) depicted
Yunnan Province (China)