Still Turning

Synopsis: 

The art of making the Lanzhou Waterwheel in China was all but lost in the 21st century, until Duan Yicun, a 20th-generation descendent of Duan Xu, a scholar of the Ming Dynasty, took it upon himself to study and learn the craft. Now 74 years old, Duan Yicun finds the waterwheel market chaotic and competitive. Looking to his apprentice and future generations to inherit the craft of waterwheel making, he is hopeful that the tradition will continue and that the quality standards of the Lanzhou Waterwheel will be upheld. Duan Yicun looks to the future, as the Yellow River has yet another role to play in the community of Lanzhou and China abroad.

Director: 
Jesse Pickett
Producers: 
Shirley Gu
Completion Year: 
2017
Duration: 
12 min