89 min • Health & Science, Culture • 2017
A farmer from rural China with cerebral palsy is not a likely candidate for fame. But when Yu Xiuhua’s poetry went viral online, she was suddenly touted for great success. Brutally visceral, her poetry is born from grappling with disability, a loveless marriage, and her relationship with China’s eroding pastoral interior. This sympathetic doc lays bare the disjunction at the heart of Yu’s life between physical circumstance and inner expression.