Datong Society of China Studies sincerely invites you to join our film screening event! We are profoundly honored to invite one of the leading Chinese documentary directors Fan Jian (范俭) and film scholar Professor Linda Williams at UC Berkeley to join our film conference. We will be screening Fan Jian’s latest work Still Tomorrow (摇摇晃晃的人间) produced last year. The film is in Chinese with English subtitles.
Fan Jian-the leading documentary filmmaker in mainland China. His films have been selected into Berlinale, IDFA, BIFF, HKIFF and other film festivals. One of his most famous works, My Land, has been selected into the Panorama at Berlinale 2016. Still Tomorrow is his latest work and has won the IDFA Special Jury Award for Feature-Length Documentary in International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in 2016, one of the highest honors for documentary filmmakers.
Linda Williams- Professor in the departments of Film Studies and Rhetoric at UC Berkeley. As a dynamic film scholar and critic, Professor Williams has long engaged in a wide range of academic interests, including film history, film genre, melodrama, pornography, feminist theory and visual culture; all with an emphasis on women, gender, race, and sexuality.
About the film: China’s Emily Dickinson?
Still Tomorrow is directed by Fan Jian. Its content is based on the poignant story of an unusual Chinese poet—Yu Xiuhua.
Yu Xiuhua was a peasant woman poet. She was born in a small village in Hubei Province, China in 1976, with cerebral palsy. In 2015, her poem “Crossing Half of the Country to Sleep with You” (穿越大半个中国去睡你) was forwarded by Poetry Periodical in WeChat, and she has travelled a bumpy road to fame. Almost overnight, she became a household name. Following her tremendous popularity, journalists swarmed into her village to interview her. She soon was able to publish her first book of poetry and she began to be called “China’s Emily Dickinson.” Her triply-marginalized identities—rural background, gender, and disability—have triggered nation-wide discussions about the rights of women in marriage, sexuality and attitudes towards disability. The film documents Yu’s yearning for sexual and emotional intimacy, a fundamental human right not readily available to the disabled.
The event is sponsored by Datong Society of China Studies and co-sponsored by Center for Chinese Studies.
If you are interested in films or social issues, particularly gender, class, and disability, this is an excellent opportunity to participate in the discussion that marriages documentary as an eloquent media and broader social discourse!