This edition: FILM: New Year Sacrifice
(1956/People’s Republic of China, 100 min., color, drama) Director: Sang Hu. Cast: Bai Yang, Wei Heling, Li Jingbo, Shi Lin, Di Li. Chronicles the hard life of a young widow in a mountain hamlet of an Eastern Chinese province. She is forced into a new marriage to a poor peasant, but when she has a baby, things start to look up for her. Tragedy ensues and the woman is soon seen by the villagers as cursed, a bearer of bad luck. At the end of the year she wonders if the new year will bring hope. In Mandarin with English subtitles.