Session # 15 is also dedicated to oriental cinema.
This is a special session in partnership with Shortcutz Porto, marked by the absence of film programmer, Fernanda Ramone, who unfortunately left us too soon …
The cinema has the power to rescue memories and through the films she chose, Fernanda will be present somehow at this session. “Daughters of China”, by the journalist Vera Penêda and “Pioneers: Chinese Female Artists”, by the director Zhong Zhihao, are the films that she made us arrive.
Porto Femme also participated in the curation of this session with the films “June Lily” by Tan Yuehan and “Shadow” by Lei Lei.
DAUGHTERS OF CHINA
China | 10’00’’ | Documentary | 2013 | Portuguese subtitles
Journalist Vera Penêda
A woman who grew up in China during the Japanese occupation (1931-1941) and who never had a dream; the daughter, who wanted to be a soldier, but who was selected to work as a saleswoman during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976); and her granddaughter, an only child, born in China in the 1980s, a cabaret and burlesque dancer, indifferent to the “leftover women” label, imposed by Chinese society because she was still single at the age of 27.
Three generations of Chinese women talk about childhood, love, marriage, work and dreams, describing how life has changed dramatically for women in China over a century.
China | 5’06’’ | Animation | 2018
Director: Tan Yuehan
Production: Hong Kong Baptist University
The scene behind that toilet door still appeared in her nightmare over and over. She tried to cut her hair to erase the bad memories but failed.
The young girls were still struggling in their respective dilemmas. However, the June lily finally withered and fell.
Facing the horrible male power and destruction of both body and mind, she chose to escape or….
China | 5’32’’ | 2017
Director: Lei Lei
Production: Lei Lei
This animation gives an account of the injuries inflicted on a girl after she was followed and sexually harassed by combining oil painting and photography.
PIONEERS: CHINESE FEMINIST ARTISTS
China | 21’08’’ | Documentary | 2017 | English subtitles
Director: Sean Zhong Zhihao.
A group of artists tries to make a difference through their work to expand their knowledge of feminism with powerful visual impact. In addition to paintings and sculptures, these women also create performance art, produce films, theater and write articles in China’s modern era. They are pioneers in a conservative society. Each has a unique view of the quest for gender equality in a harmonious society. This film is the result of a year-end project by young filmmaker Sean ZHONG Zhihao.