Video Essay / Female characters in cinema / filmmaking
This compilation, which explores the changes in the image of women in Chinese cinema after the founding of the People's Republic of China, understands the Cultural Revolution as the inflection point. If the works of the 5th-generation male directors, who were called the “sons of history,” have been representative of female representation of this trend, this film is a retelling of Li Shaohong's Blush (1995). At the center, using the writings of film scholar Dai Jinhua as a compass, the film paves a new path. How did the party and the state “liberate” the “new women” in the new China? [SHIN Eun-shil]
Maja Korbecka is a freelance writer, translator and film studies researcher with the focus on Sinophone cinemas. She worked as a programmer for the Five Flavours Asian Film Festival in Warsaw. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the Free University of Berlin.