Department of English

Center for Women's & Gender Studies Film Screening

"The Women's Kingdom" & "Nu Shu: A Hidden Language of Women in China"

Thu, September 18, 2008 | Parlin 201

7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

"The Women's Kingdom" (2006): Keepers of one of the last matriarchal societies in the world, Mosuo women in a remote area of southwest China live beyond the strictures of mainstream Chinese culture -- enjoying great freedoms and carrying heavy responsibilities. Beautifully shot and featuring intimate interviews, this short documentary offers a rare glimpse into a society virtually unheard of 10 years ago and now often misrepresented in the media.

"Nu-Shu A Hidden Language of Women in China" (1999): A film by Yue-Qing Yang, a thoroughly engrossing documentary that revolves around the filmmaker's discovery of eighty-six-year-old Huan-yi Yang, the only living resident of the Nu Shu area still able to read and write Nu Shu. Exploring Nu Shu customs and their role in women's lives, the film uncovers a women's subculture born of resistance to male dominance, finds a parallel struggle in the resistance of Yao minorities to Confucian Han Chinese culture, and traces Nu Shu's origins to some distinctly Yao customs that fostered women's creativity.

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