The Lost Buddha


The film director lived in the mountain village of Fotuoyan for more than a year to record the living condition, traditional customs, religious beliefs, as well as the impact of Socialist rural development of the peasants on the Loess Plateau in Northern Shaanxi. The film narrative develops in accordance with the four divinations: summer, autumn, population, and national affairs. The challenges facing the village are similar to that of other rural areas: Young people emigrate their homeland, and only the elderly, the weak, the sick, and the disabled stay in the village. God seems to be the only source of comfort for these suffering souls at the edge of modern civilization.