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The Coin by Siqi Song – New Year’s traditions

Traditions concern the history and identity of a territory, they are a cultural heritage to be preserved and handed down over time, from generation to generation.
Moving and changing country does not mean abandoning them forever: our values, family habits, customs and traditions of our land never leave us.
Siqi Song knows this very well and tells us about it in his latest short film The Coin.

Made entirely in stop-motion, The Coin tells us the story of a long journey away from home, evokes the feelings of strangeness and bewilderment in an unknown country, the memory of the family, of China and the traditions for the New Year.

In China, under New Year’s Eve festivities, finding a coin inside the dumplings (jiaozi) means good luck, rich and auspicious year. A coin is transformed from a pure means of exchange to an object with a high spiritual value. Losing it can make us feel lost and misplaced, but it can also be an incentive to start the year with a new goal.

The Coin was produced by Diana Ward and Ashim Ahuja and presented by PROJECT INVOLVE, a project of FILM INDEPENDENT, one of the most important non-profit organizations in the world supporting independent cinema.
The Coin has also won many awards at some of the most important film festivals in China, USA, Korea and Chile.

 

CREDITS
Written, designed and directed by SIQI SONG
Produced by DIANA WARD & ASHIM AHUJA
Cinematographer BONGANI MLAMBO
Music by ALEXIS GRAPSAS
Voice by ANNA PAN
Executive producers VALERIE CASTILLO MARTINEZ & FRANCISCO VELASQUEZ
Executive producer KIMBERLY HAN
Presented by FILM INDEPENDENT

 

Words by Federica Cimorelli

The Coin by Siqi Song – New Year’s traditions
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