Film: Tuya's Marriage (Tuya de hun shi)
Director: , 2006
Summary: Tuya is the persevering wife of Bater, a herdsman who lost his legs exploring water in the Neimenggu (Inner Mongolia) grassland that is vanishing due to desertification. Tuya takes up the sole responsibility to make a living for the family, but she also injures herself from her hard labor and risks paralysis. Faced with harsh reality, the couple decides to divorce so that Tuya can seek a better life. Imposing her own conditions of remarriage—her new husband must take care of Bater, their children, and their poor herding land—the strong-minded, stubborn, but gentle Tuya embarks on a search for a new husband. She meets suitors who are rich but disingenuous, likable but shy, but she manages to save a suicidal Bater who still longs for Tuya and their children. This is a drama set in the steppes that takes its subjects seriously.