Life Is a Belief


TIFF Lightbox 4 Sun, Apr 28, 2019 3:00 PM
Innis Town Hall Tue, Apr 30, 2019 5:30 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 13 Sat, May 4, 2019 3:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:China
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:International Spectrum
Film Subjects:Families & Family Relationships
Love & Relationships
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Han Xiao
Producer(s):Han Xiao
Jianjun Lei
Editor(s):Zhangshun Feng
Cinematography:Yao Wang
Composer:Zhao Zhao
Sound:Duun Chih Tu


Although their paths may never cross, the lives of two men in China, mirror one another in their love of family and their undying hope that life will one day be better. In the city of Foshan, Huang and his girlfriend are expecting their first child. As the due date approaches, they learn their unborn baby has been diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, and Huang's pleas to marry his girlfriend are stymied by her father's refusal. Meanwhile, in Altay, Ahet's beloved nephew is dying from uremia and needs a kidney to survive, but a family feud ensues over who will be the donor. As his nephew's health worsens and debt collectors begin knocking at the door, Ahet desperately tries to keep his family together. Told with stunning cinematography and an almost fictional feel, this powerful film is a testament to strength of character and resilience of family. Heather Haynes

Additional Information

  • NOW - 4 Stars, "Heartbreakingly beautiful."