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Turn It On: Apuda

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
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Apuda阿仆大的守候, 2010
Directed by He Yuan和渊
Naxi dialect with English subtitles, 145 min.

This film is an intimate portrait of the daily life of a man and his son. Apuda is nearing middle age but his mind is like that of a child. He lives with his father, who has great love for his son born with intellectual disabilities. Summer arrives and the apples begin to ripen in the orchard. One day when Apuda returns home from watching over the orchard as he always has, his father can no longer rise from bed. Apuda takes care of his father day in and day out, tending to him in his own special way, helping him change clothes, bringing him water, lighting his cigarettes, helping him roll over in bed, and telling him of the comings and goings in the village.

Part of the film festival “Turn It On: China on Film, 2000–2017” cocurated by Ai Weiwei and Wang Fen.

Film screenings are free with museum admission.

Organized by the Guggenheim Museum in conjunction with Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World. Presented in collaboration with PEN America. Support is provided by The Hayden Family Foundation.

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