Still Tomorrow

  • Jian Fan
  • China
  • 2016
  • 88 min
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary
When one of her poems is shared more than a million times on Chinese social media, Xiuhua Yu suddenly finds that she is famous. The contrast with her previous life could not be greater. Yu has lived and worked all her life on her parents’ simple farm, and is disabled by cerebral palsy. Twenty years ago, her parents arranged for her to be married to a laborer who has no feelings for her. Fame brings her financial freedom: suddenly, Xiuhua Yu is able to think about a different future, freed from her husband. In this frank and intimate portrait, we follow her in the year of her breakthrough. Yu is painfully aware that for a woman with a disability, life will never be simple. However pragmatically she speaks about it, and however eloquently she writes about it, she still struggles to escape her physical and emotional chains.


  • 88 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Chinese
  • Subtitles in: English, Chinese
Jian Fan
Hongmiao Yu for Youku Tudou Inc., Zitao Xu for Youku Tudou Inc.
Executive producer
Wei Ming for Youku Tudou Inc., Wang Ping for Youku Tudou Inc.
Ming Xue, Jian Fan
Matthieu Laclau, Jian Fan

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World Premiere
IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

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