Directed by Tomorrow Mingtian
DEER GOD is a narrative short film dedicated to the brave Oroqen people, and the preservation to their way of life. A thesis film, it tells the story of the Oroqen people, a Chinese minority group of only 8,500 forced to give up their guns after thousands of years of hunting, because of the government’s gun-control policy. However, the gun has served as the cornerstone of the Oroqen’s life and culture for centuries. In the story of DEER GOD, a native Oroqen hunter, Old Guan, goes into the woods to shoot “donkey-deer” before his family leaves for America.
Mingtian means “tomorrow” in Chinese. Mingtian recently graduated from the University of Miami’s Motion Pictures MFA program, after discovering her passion in narrative storytelling through images when studying Television Directing and Editing at Communication University of China. Mingtian shot her thesis film, DEER GOD, in minus 43 degrees F, long before she knew she would be heading to sunny L.A, where she currently resides.
Producers: Yao Li, Lingang Zhang
Director: Tomorrow Mingtian
Writers: Tomorrow Mingtian, Shuofang Wang
Cinematographer: Tianqi Wu
Sound Mixer: Junfeng Pei
Composer: Xueran Chen
Shorts Programs / 92 minsFilm is an archival tool that reflects and preserves our memories, artistic evolution and world events. This selection of stories explores how tradition creates foundation for multiculturalist nations. — Kristen Lee