(Peng Tao, 2008)
The story of a little girl, whose immobility leaves her vulnerable to adult greed and criminality. Set in the new towns of contemporary China, the film does not waste any time in lauding the development or opportunities of urbanization. Rather, the film-maker mercilessly seeks out examples of amorality and poverty. This is a bleak story and one that, on first viewing, may seem utterly despairing. Whilst acknowledging the clarity and strength of the film, I wish to present it to the seminar in a frame that allows understanding of peasant disadvantage, and provokes admiration for those who endure.
Professor Stephanie Hemelryk Donald is presenting this film.
This film is being discussed by Dr Terry Woronov.
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