A Life in Shadows

directed by Edward A. Burger

86 minutes / NTSC DVD widescreen /  Mandarin with English subtitles

not yet released

In a small hilltop hamlet in Shaanxi Province, a group of storytellers, musicians and puppet masters perform shadow puppet theater to celebrate special occasions, appease ghosts and send thanks to wish-granting spirits.  Farmers by day, these skilled artists wash their hands each night to take their place upon the stage of China’s history and heritage. But modernity lays it’s heavy hand upon this ancient art. Director Edward Burger takes us into the world of shadows with a storybook narrative and a documentary portrait of this art-form's modern-day struggle to survive. 


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