Woman Being

A film by Wen-Jie Qin

1997 | 20 minutes | Color | DVD | Subtitled | Order No. 99589


In a critical examination of changing concepts of beauty and sexuality in modern China, WOMAN BEING illustrates how a flood of Western pop culture is adversely affecting women's expectations and self-worth. Revisiting her hometown Chengdu after a long absence,filmmaker Wen-Jie Qin traces the impact of a newly booming beauty industry in a country where thirty years ago women were beat up for wearing makeup. Combining interviews and footage from glamour photo studios and television, WOMAN BEING explores the rise of a new super-feminine, highly sexualized ideal. "This hard-nosed look at women in contemporary China makes a persuasive case for how the economies of pleasure, beauty, and consumption are transacted through exploiting women's bodies and images. It provides a sobering prognosis of what 'freedom' might mean for women in China today." - Marina Heung, Baruch College, CUNY


"Insightful and distinctive...shows how young women's passion in grasping Western concepts of beauty reflects China's economic transformation..."

Vivian Huang Asian Cinevision

"This candid film takes you into the heart of Chinese women's lives."

Richard Rogers Harvard Film Study Ctr


Wen-Jie Qin

Director and cinematographer Wen-jie Qin was born and raised in China. She holds a BA in Philosophy from Beijing University and a PhD in Religion and Filmmaking from Harvard University.

While a fellow at Harvard Film Studies Center, Qin created a number of award-winning documentaries on spirituality, gender, children, and culture. While residing in the Netherlands, Qin created documentaries for the Buddhist Broadcasting Foundation and VPRO Television, her documentaries all aired on Dutch national channels.

Over the past decade, in Europe and Asia, Qin has been exploring the megalithic and stellar roots of civilization. Recently she reemerged from twelve years of secluded training as an author of Pleiadian books.

Now known as WJ Qin, she is the founder of the website, www.pleiadianfamily.net, and author of the book twins, "New Humankind: A Pleiadian Herstory" and "Journey to Our Neolithic Self." (07/19)


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