Women and China’s New Documentaries
At the Seattle Public Library
Sunday, October 28, 2:00pm – 4:30pm
Self-Portrait with Three Women
Director: Zhang Mengqi
Language: Chinese with English subtitles
Length: 70 minutes
Part of a new generation of documentary filmmakers from China, a young woman weaves together memory, oral history and performance in a poetic and fierce style.
“This year I turned 23. This film began with my own search, then delving into my mother and her mother, where blood has flowed through three generations. As a victim of an oppressive marriage, my grandmother held hopes for my mother to enter a perfect marriage. When my mother became a victim herself, she turned those hopes to me. Marriage may be every girl’s dream, but it is also the murderer of those dreams.” – Mengqi
James Tweedie, associate professor of Comparative Literature and Cinema Studies at the University of Washington, introduced the film. Following the screening, a panel discussion with UW scholars featured Shuxuan Zhou (GWSS PhD student) and Kathy Morrow (Comparative Literature PhD student).