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China in Documentary Film (Leavey Library): Women


Autumn Gem
"This documentary explores the extraordinary life of the Chinese revolutionary heroine and women's rights activist Qiu Jin (1875-1907). During the reign of the last dynasty in China, Qiu Jin boldly challenged traditional gender roles and demanded equal rights and opportunities for women. At a time when women's lives were often marked by repressive practices such as footbinding, arranged marriages, and denial of education, she envisioned a future where women would free themselves from the confines of tradition and emerge as strong and active citizens of a new and modern nation. Includes dramatic reenactments and interviews with family members and academics."

China Blue
"This documentary visits a Chinese blue-jean factory, where workers are trying to survive a harsh working environment. But when the factory owner agrees to a deal with his Western client that forces his teenage workers to work around the clock, a confrontation becomes inevitable."

Fengming: A Chinese Memoir
"Often cited as one of the great documentary achievements, Wang Bing dazzling tour-de-force. A gripping monologue recounting five decades in the life of a once-ardent socialist in the new China is a testament to the power of oral history and the strength of one extraordinary woman. Never before available."

Gai Shanxi and Her Sisters
"Hou Dong-E, known as 'Gai Shanxi, ' the fairest woman in China's Shanxi province, was one of the many women abducted from their villages to be sexually enslaved by Japanese soldiers stationed nearby. Fifty years later, she joined other women throughout Asia to seek justice and reparations, but she died before her demands were answered."

The Great Step Forward = China Women in the 20th Century
"A two-part look at how Chinese women broke with their age-old traditions of subservience and prejudice to confront issues and agitate for reforms in the 20th century."

The Rest of My Life Is For Sale
"A 23-year-old girl opens an online shop selling 'the rest of her life.' In her own words posted on the Website: 'It's your right to arrange my life, and it's my duty to serve you. I'll fulfill your wishes. I'll take pictures of the process and put them on my Website so all people will know how I live with your arrangements.' The price for her life? $1 US for 8 minutes, $3 US for an hour, and $15 US for a day. ... She undertakes a myriad of requests, from bringing cat food to an old woman who takes care of 200 vagrant cats, to collecting 100 pictures of 100 smiling men for a girl's birthday. From the day she opened shop, this girl has been living 2 separate lives, one is her reality, the other, her virtual world."

Through Chinese Women's Eyes
"Presents the transformations in the lives of Chinese women over the 20th century. Documents the attempts to erase gender differences under Mao, today's changing ideas of femininity, and the crystalization of Chinese feminism at the UN Women's conference in Beijing."

Wild Swans
"Jung Chang describes how her mother inspired her to write the book Wild swans, in which she tells the story of three Chinese women, her grandmother, her mother, and herself