In this impressive and courageous debut docufiction, Alan Zhang follows the journey of a young woman in order to profoundly question the role of women in contemporary Chinese society.
To what obligations and expectations are they subjected, and how can they free themselves from these constraints? A political and timely film, with a wonderful protagonist and a playful tone.
Dancing with Water: Women’s Cinema From Contemporary China is a film season curated and programmed by Kiki Tianqi Yu and Shan Tong, which captures a burgeoning energy of fluidity, flexibility and resilience of Chinese women filmmakers and their cinemas, resonating with the Daoist concept of yin and water as being not only soft and formless but also pervasive and tenacious. For more information, please check out their website
The screening on Sat 2 March will be followed by a discussion between Jenny Horwell (Director of Bertha DocHouse), and Kiki Tianqi Yu (Curator of Dancing with Water and Senior Lecturer in Film, Queen Mary University of London).