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Dark Red Forest

2021 — 85 min / Colour



A work of visual awe and matter-of-fact spiritual inquiry, Dark Red Forest is a majestic documentary portrait that details the annual retreat of thousands of Tibetan nuns to small wooden houses on the vast Tibetan Plateau. With extraordinary intimacy, the camera nestles in with the women of the Yarchen Monastery, who, during the 100 coldest days of the year, learn about—and in some cases experience—profound matters of life and death, suffering and healing, karma and consequence. A document of the experiences of a group of increasingly politically embattled people, Jin Huaqing’s film is also a clarifying work of faith and philosophical inquiry, set against a forbidding landscape.

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Directors' Biography

Huaqing Jin, from China, born in July 1st 1984, has directed films which have received 54 awards in international film festival in 18 countries, such as France, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Korea, Japan. His latest film is the documentary DARK RED FOREST (2021).

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Jin Huaqing


Li Tutu

Wu Enxy


Jin Huaqing


Jin Huaqing


Zhou Pengju

Screenings & Awards

MoMA, New Directors/New Films, United States, 2021