Eyes of the Other: The Role of Chinese Women through the Lens of Documentary Films
The American filmmaker Micha X. Peled (2007) shares the following comment in an interview: ‘we tend to find China very mysterious and difficult to understand because their culture is so different from ours but they’re becoming a major world power and for that reason I think we should all try to understand them better’. Documentary film has always been a favourite visual medium for foreign filmmakers to explore the inscrutable China, but despite their impassioned objective voices, highly subjective modes and an insatiable curiosity, their work is mostly comprised of ‘cliché images’ and ‘cliché topics’ (Yuen 2005), and ‘show little of the experience of individual Chinese or the filmmakers’ own responses to China’ (Fitzpatrick 1983).
KeywordsChinese Woman Cultural Revolution Factory Owner Documentary Film Film Festival
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