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Winner of theSpirit of FreedomDocumentary
category at theBahamas International Film
Festival,MULBERRYCHILD is anadaptation to
JianPing’s book,
MulberryChild:AMemoir of
China
. Ping’smemoir tells the taleof her
experiences growingup inChinaduring the
Cultural Revolution.Written tobridge agrowing
emotional and cultural disconnect betweenJian
andher thoroughlyAmericanizeddaughter Lisa,
thebook recounts their family’s journeyof
survival, frompersecutionandbanishment to
political rehabilitation, and its profoundeffects
onJian.
Thismovingandbeautifully shot documentary,
artfully intertwines on-camera interviewswith
dramatic re-enactments, archival footage, rarely
seenphotos of ChinaunderMao, andvoice-over
narrationby JacquelineBissett. Book-endedby
the storyof JianandLisa’s complicated
relationship, their visit toChina, anda joyful
family reunion,MULBERRYCHILDaddresses
universal issues betweenmother anddaughter,
triumphandadversity and the clashbetween
modernity and tradition.This filmoffers students
andaudiences alike aheartfeltwindow intoanda
greater understandingof the recent historyof
China, theCultural Revolutionand its impact on
theChinese andChineseAmerican immigrants.
Bahamas Int’l FilmFestival, BestDocumentary
PalmSprings International FilmFestival, Best of Fest
Port TownsendFilmFestival, Special JuryAward
SantaRosa Int’l FilmFestival, CulturalDiscoveryAward
Sedona Int’l FilmFestival
Charleston Int’l FilmFestival
NashvilleFilmFestival
NewportBeachFilmFestival
HeartlandFilmFestival
Madrid Int’l FilmFestival
MulberryChild
AfilmbySusanMorganCooper
HHH
“Apowerfuland
touchingfilm.”
Roger Ebert
“MULBERRYCHILDteaches
us thehumancapacity for
courageandendurance,
andhowtheeventsof the
pastcanhauntour future.”
HeartlandFilmFestival
“(A)movingaccountofher
family’sstruggletosurvive
China’sCulturalRevolution.
[JianPing]has inher
poignantmemoirhelped
Westerners tounderstand
this little-knownperiodin
China’shistory…”
RobGifford,
formerBeijing
Correspondent ofNPR
US, 2011, 85minutes
Color, DVD
Subtitled (Chinese)
Sale: $395
Rental: $150
OrderNo. L141130
Wildlypopular at home,Turkish soapoperas
have taken theworldby stormwithmore than
300millionviewers in80 countries across the
MiddleEast, NorthAfrica, theBalkans, andAsia.
Withunprecedentedaccess, KISMETdelves into
this phenomenon, weaving together excerpts
fromthemajor shows including interviewswith
their talent and thewriters, producers and
directors behind the scenes—primarilymadeup
ofwomen—andportraits of the everyday viewers
inTurkey, Egypt, theUnitedArabEmirates,
Bulgaria, andGreece.
Exploringhowthe serials captivate, inspire and
empowerwomen, thefilmreveals howthe soaps
impact andbreak downnegative stereotypes and
traditional taboos.The soaps openlydiscuss rape,
sexual anddomestic violence, childandarranged
marriages, andhonor killingswhile also sparking
change ingender relationships, activismagainst
sexual abuse, andawaveof divorce across the
MiddleEast. Invaluable for studies inmedia and
popular culture, KISMETdiscloses how
profoundlyTurkish soaps penetrate viewers’
social and religious realitieswhile empowering
andhelpingwomen to transformtheir lives and
strengthen thedebate aboutwomen’s rights
across the region.
Int’lDocumentaryFilmFestival, Amsterdam,Nominated
for bestMid-LengthDoc
OneWorldHumanRights Int’l FilmFestival
Movies thatMatter, Amsterdam
ThessalonikiDocumentaryFestival
Int’lWomen’sFilmFestival Seoul
Sarajevo Intl FilmFestival
Kismet
AfilmbyNinaMariaPaschalidou
“Aninspirationalfilm…”
Al Jazeera
“Aculturallyand
politicallymeaningful
sourceof inspirationtoa
significantnumberof
women, forwhomsuch
ongoingepisodic
narrativesrepresenta
progressiveand
challengingideology…
Theresult isencouragingly
infectious.”
Fandor
“Thedocumentary
bringsuspersonal stories
ofwomenwhofollowed
inthefootstepsof
theirheroines tofight for
their rights, andto
ultimatelybreakfreeof
oppressedlives.“
Int’l Documentary Film
Festival, Amsterdam
Cyprus/Greece, 2013, 57minutes
Color, DVD
Subtitled (Arabic, Turkish,
Greek, Bulgarian)
Sale: $350
Rental: $125
OrderNo. L141126
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