Between 1959 and 1961, more than 35 million people starved to death because of Mao's Great Leap Forward policies. To avoid censorship in China, this painful period is now euphemistically referred to as the "Three Years of Natural Disasters." This courageous oral history, directed by Zhang Mengqi, tells the story from the point of view of her grandfather's village, to which she returns every winter to interview survivors. Central are moving voice-overs from a grandmother who details harrowing pregnancies and lonely births during the Great Famine and her granddaughter, a migrant worker. In this agricultural village, the landscape is stark yet beautiful with plenty of room for contemplation. When a hand appears in front of the camera, Zhang transitions into delightfully playful territory, incorporating a uniquely participatory experience that extends to not-to-be-missed post-screening Q&As.