The Women's Kingdom
China/US | 2006 | 22 minutes | Color | DVD | Mandarin | Subtitled | Order No. 09928
“3 ½ stars. Highly Recommended. Sophisticated… does a fine job of presenting an overview of a fascinating and complex culture.”
“A lovely film about a rural culture challenging the assumptions of mainstream Chinese society.”
SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
- Student Academy Award, Silver Medal
- San Francisco Women’s Film Festival, Best Editing
- Fresno Film Festiva, Audience Award for Short Documentary
- Vancouver Asian Film Festival
- San Diego Asian Film Festival
- Ventura Film Festival
- Asian Cine Vision, NY
- Boston Asian American Film Festival
- African American Women Film Festival
- San Francisco Int'l Asian American Film Festival
- Asian Film Festival of Dallas
- San Francisco Women of Color Film Festival
- Ladyfest, Chicago, IL
- Tri-Continental Film Festival
- Through the Eyes of Women, Sarasota, FL
- State of Flux, The Asia Society, New York City
- Berkshire Women’s Film Festival, MA
Xiaoli Zhou is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and instructor at University of Chicago Laboratory Schools with a strong journalism background. As a native Chinese and a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Zhou specializes in international reporting and making documentaries about Asian cultures.
Zhou’s work has aired on The Discovery Channel, PBS and Al Jazeera, among others. Her documentaries have screened at various film festivals around the world. For the past few years, she has been honored by the Foreign Press Association, American Women in Radio and Television, Asian American Journalists Association and Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Zhou’s film The Women’s Kingdom received a silver medal in the documentary category of 2006 Student Academy Awards and won the Best Editing Award from San Francisco Women’s Film Festival.
The documentary short Utopia 3: The World’s Largest Shopping Mall produced by Zhou has premiered in the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Most recently, Zhou has co-produced and co-directed The Colony about the Chinese in Africa with her husband Brent E. Huffman for Al Jazeera. Zhou also translated former Vice President Al Gore’s global warming presentation, featured in the documentary film An Inconvenient Truth, for a Chinese audience. (8/14)
Brent E. Huffman
Brent E. Huffman is an award-winning director, writer, and cinematographer of documentaries and television programs. His work ranges from documentaries aired on The Discovery Channel, The National Geographic Channel, NBC, CNN, PBS and Al Jazeera, to Sundance Film Festival premieres, to films made for the China Exploration and Research Society. He has also directed, produced, shot and edited short documentaries for online outlets like TIME, Salon, Huffington Post and PBS Arts.
Huffman has been making social issue documentaries and environmental films for more than a decade in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. These films have gone on to win numerous awards including a Primetime Emmy, Best Conservation Film-Jackson Hole, Best Documentary-Fresno, three Cine Golden Eagle Awards, a College Emmy, a Student Academy Award and a Grand Jury Award at AFI's SILVERDOCS.
Huffman was also an editor of Julia Reichert’s and Steven Bognar’s Primetime Emmy winning PBS documentary series A LION IN THE HOUSE, about children battling cancer.
Huffman is also a writer whose work has been featured in CNN, The Asia Society, Tricycle Magazine, Bust Magazine, The Wilson Quarterly, FRONTLINE and The China Digital Times. He recently completed a book about his experiences in China called "Life in the Heart of China: Diary from a Forbidden World."
In 2009, Huffman covered Vortex 2, the world's largest tornado research project for NBC and The Weather Channel. Most recently, he completed the award-winning documentary THE COLONY for Al Jazeera about China in Africa. He is currently working on a new documentary about the race to save an ancient Buddhist city in Logar province, Afghanistan. (8/14)