BRICS Films Feature Women's Lives

April 24, 2019
Editor: Ling Xiao
Poster for Half the Sky, the second co-production film of BRICS countries [Chinanew.com]

 

"The film touches my heart,"  said Guo Fenglian, a female deputy to the National People's Congress. "I can feel their love for the society, family members and life."

Half the Sky, a movie made by five female directors from five BRICS countries, was previewed in Taiyuan City, the capital of North China's Shanxi Province, on April 21. Half the Sky is based on Mao Zedong's famous aphorism — "Women hold up half the sky." 

It is the second movie co-produced by five BRICS counties. As an anthology, it consists of five short stories (The Dumpling, Homecoming, Online Lovers, Mother's Holidays and Suspicion on Gender), which explore constraints of traditional thoughts and family roles on women in the New Era.

"It is a big step forward in international cultural cooperation when we are making the movie together, which can deepen the mutual understandings of the BRICS countries and promote more cooperation in other fields," said Elizaveta Sitshova, a Russian filmmaker.

It is worth mentioning that Liu Yulin, director of The Dumpling, the Chinese short film, is a new-generation director of China.

Representing China, Liu's 18-minute movie is about an estranged relationship of mother and daughter using the traditional Chinese food as the clue.

"Dumpling symbolizes family reunion during the Spring Festival. I integrated some Chinese cultural elements in the film, no matter the living environment of the protagonist, the decorations or background music, so audiences from around the world can see what Chinese people's real lives are." said Liu .

Jia Zhangke, who supervised the shooting of the film, noted, "Dedicated to women, the film enables me to understand them and see how they realize self-fulfillment."

Half the Sky is to be screened nationwide in China this May.

 

(Source: China Women's News  Translated by Women of China)

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