Examines the conditions of a factory in Shaxi, China, where mostly young women workers produce blue jeans for the western market in the age of globalization.
China from the Inside
Episode 2 is titled "Women of the Country" and talks about the past and future for Chinese women.
Chinese Foot Binding: The Vanishing Lotus
Today there are fewer than 400 women with bound feet among the 1.25 billion people of China. Most of them are over 80 years old. Some of these women tell us of the event that branded their lives with its singular mark.
Half the Sky
Fifty years ago the Chinese Communist revolution promised women equality after thousands of years of subservience to men. But has the revolution reversed the tradition of tyranny towards women? As this film shows, today's Chinese women have little more control over their lives than that of their ancestors. Their concerns are neglected while their burdens increase.
Heart of the Dragon: Marrying
Uses the wedding of a young rural couple in Zhejiang Province to show both the survival of traditional marriage customs and the changes brought by the Revolution. Also examines the status of women in contemporary China and discusses China's one child policy.
A documentary which investigates the conditions of life for Chinese women today (1980s) and in the past. Visits the village of Long Bow where inhabitants reveal progress toward women's equality, despite the seeming oppression when observed from a Western viewpoint.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Set in 19th-century China, two master warriors are faced with their greatest challenge when the treasured Green Destiny sword is stolen. A young aristocratic woman prepares for an arranged marriage, but soon reveals her superior fighting talents and her romantic past. As each warrior battles for justice, they come face-to-face with their worst enemy, and the enduring power of love.
Girl from Hunan
Mixing lyricism, irony and social criticism, this film from the People's Republic of China is the story of a pampered, lively 12-year-old girl who, at the turn of the century, is taken to a remote village and married to a 2-year-old boy. As she approaches womanhood, she develops a sisterly affection for her toddling husband but finds more fulfilling companionship with a young farmer. The illicit affair, however, places her at risk of punishment according to the village's harsh measures against adultery. Freed from the restrictions imposed by the Cultural Revolution, this example of New Chinese Cinema captures the textures and rhythms of rural life while recognizing the brutality and backwardness of feudal structures.
In 1920s China, a young woman who is abused by her elderly husband falls in love with his nephew.
Not One Less
A young woman is ordered to a remote Chinese village to be a substitute teacher. Barely older than her students, the shy girl is charged with keeping the class intact for one month or she won't be paid. When one of her students disappears into the city to find work, the stubborn teacher is determined to follow the boy and bring him back to school. Once in the city, her simple peasant pleas fall on deaf ears, and only when the local television sympathizes does her search bear fruit.
Raise the Red Lantern
1991 film about an educated woman (Gong Li) who is sent off to become the newest wife of a feudal nobleman in 1920s China.
The Road Home
As a son helps his mother arrange for the burial of his father in the traditional Chinese custom of his mother's village, the beautiful and touching story of his parent's courtship unfolds. His father was from the city and came to his mother's village to become the schoolmaster. In the days of arranged marriages, the son discovers that his parents marriage was the first marriage based on love.
The Story of Qiu Ju
A stoic peasant woman demands an apology when her husband is kicked by the village chief. When the chief refuses to apologize, she sets off on a futile trek through the complicated Chinese court system-- a battle against bureaucracy and indifference.
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