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Saved by the Party-state

Maja KORBECKA

  • China, Germany, Poland, Singapore
  • 2020
  • Korean Premiere
  • 16min
  • 12 +
  • color, b&w

Video Essay / Female characters in cinema / filmmaking

SYNOPSIS

Female characters in cinema often serve a function of conveying the message determined by the ones in power of the cinematic image — an auteur, investor, government, or all at once — depending on the model of film production. The video essay juxtaposes two films completed in the times of major political, economic, and social transitions in China.

PROGRAM NOTE

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] 

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Director

  • Maja KORBECKA

    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.

Credit

  • ProducerAsian Fim Archive
  • Screenwriter Maja KORBECKA