The Last Warriors: English

Valentina Ippolito

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Set in the thickly forested mountains of Guizhou Province among the wooden houses of the Miao people of Basha village, The Last Warriors is an episodic short film exploring the gendering of Miao warrior culture throughout the circle of life, as seen through the outsider lens of a female European filmmaker.
Original languageChinese (Traditional)
Place of PublicationChina
Media of outputFilm
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Bibliographical note

Exhibitions and Awards

HONORABLE MENTION Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival 2021 (Athens, Greece)
WINNER BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY Alternative Film Festival 2019 (Toronto, Canada)
GRAND PRIX PRIZE WINNER, Viva Film Festival 2017 (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
WINNER, BEST DOCUMENTARY Barcelona Planet Film Festival 2017 (Barcelona, Spain)
WINNER BEST DOC FotoFilm Tijuana 2017 (Tijuana, Baja California)
WINNER, BEST DOCUMENTARY Mediterranean Film Festival 2017 (Siracusa, Italy)
WINNER BEST DIRECTION (DOC) India Great Message Film Festival 2017 (Pune, India)
HONORABLE MENTION FOR QUALITY Asia South East Short Film Festival 2018 (Hồ Chí Minh, Cambodia)
Nominated for Best Documentary by Utah Film Festival and Awards 2018 (Provo, Utah)
​Nominated for Best Woman Filmmaker by Barcelona Planet Film Festival 2017 (Barcelona, Spain)
Nominated for Best Documentary by Bucharest ShortCut CineFest 2017 (Bucharest, Romania)
Finalist Near Nazareth Festival 2019 (Afula, Israel)
Finalist European Cinematography Awards 2018 (Warsaw, Poland)
Semi-finalist Art Color Digital Cinema International Film Festival 2020 (Brussels, Belgium)
Semi Finalist Frame by Sound 2017 (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)
Semi-Finalist Los Angeles Cinefest 2017 (Los Angeles, US)
Semi-Finalist Pentedattilo Film Festival 2017 (Pentedattilo, Italy)
Official Selection Alibag Short Film Festival 2021 (Pune, India)
Official Selection Pune Short Film Festival 2020 (Pune, India)
Official Selection Chinese American Film Festival, 2016 (Los Angeles, US)
Official Selection South London Shorts 2017 (London, UK)
Official Selection Gold Movies Awards Goddess Nike 2017 (London, UK)
Official Selection Roma Cinema Doc 2017 (Rome, Italy)
Official Selection Short to the Point 2017 (Bucharest, Romania)
Official Selection New York Eurasian Film Festival 2017 (New York, US)
Official Selection Golden Bridge International Film Festival 2017 (Moscow, Russia)
Official Selection Zagreb Tourfilm Festival 2017 (Zagreb, Croatia)
Official Selection Global Revolution Film Festival 2017 (New York, US)
​Official Selection Cardiff International Film Festival 2017 (Cardiff, UK)
Official Selection Native Spirit Film Festival at SOAS University of London, 2018 (London, UK)
Official Selection Utah Film Festival and Awards 2018 (Vineyard, USA)
Official Selection Echo Film Festivals Brics 2018 (Moscow, Russia)
Official Selection Ethnografilm Paris 2018 (Paris, France)
Official Selection Lake View International Film Festival 2019 (Ludhiana, Punjab)
Official Selection Africa International Film Festival 2019 (Lagos, Nigeria)​
​Official Selection Beyond Earth Film Festival 2019 (Chennai, India)
Official Selection ​Ghoa Short Film Festival 2019 (Ghoa, India)
Looking China Official Screening Ceremony, 2016 (Guizhou, China)


  • China
  • Minorities
  • Warriors

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