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Herstory 褶皱

21m Experimental 2021

Language:Mandarin with English Subtitles

UK Premiere

Synopsis In a highly abstract society, fireworks are strictly prohibited, and males are routinely castrated. The protagonist has experienced all kinds of hardships that women in this world have endured: parting, childbirth, deprivation of social rights, grief, and death. The only way to express resistance to this prejudiced and disciplined society is through a desolate kind of struggle.

Director’s Statement Feminism has always been my film motif.

Curators’ Notes What does a woman need to face after her birth? Herstory endeavours to give us an answer. The story transcends time and space as it takes place in a realm of extreme abstraction. The aesthetically rhythmic, melancholic and graceful film creates a character to experience all the hardships and prejudice that a woman experiences in her life: separation, childbirth, unemployment, loss of children, and death. This is a powerful feminist film that echoes current debates related to womanhood and sexuality in which the audience will undoubtedly find relevance.

Festvals&Awards

The 68th Oberhausen International Short Film Festival International Short Film Nomination

2021 Peking University Academy Award

Cast

Jiahui Wu

Language

Mandarin

Country

China

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