A masterful depiction of a tiny Chinese goat-herding village and the way of life it represents, The Fading Village is epic in scope and delicate in its execution. Goat farmer Hou Junli tends to his receding flock in the village of Heishuigetuo, under the saturnine influence of his ageing parents while his wife and son lambast the village for its lack of wi-fi connectivity. But if this traditional work is struggling to provide a decent wage how can the village survive? What unfolds is one of the most beautifully shot and lyrically told stories of seasonal cycles and decline you will see this year.