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Program Title: Wild Swans - Jung Chang
EASC Code: CW-05
Series Title:
Region/Country: China
Language: English
Subtitles:
Subject: Biography, History, Gender/Women's Studies
Program Type: Documentary
Media Type: VHS
Director: Mischa Scorer
Producer:
Release Date: 1990
Running Time: 59 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: "The epic account of the lives of three generations of Chinese women captures the turbulent transformation of China in the 20th century. Author Jung Chang's grandmother was born into a still feudal society, had her feet bound, and at the age of fifteen became a warlord's concubine. Her daughter, Jung Chang's mother, became a guerrilla fighter against the Chiang Kai-shek regime and rose to high rank after the Communist Party victory. She and her husband later became victims of the Cultural Revolution. They were denounced and sent to labor camps where they endured great hardship. Jung Chang spend a girlhood in the privileged circle of the communist elite. She briefly became a Red Guard as did most of her contemporaries. As a young student she worshipped Mao until the excesses of the revolution were brought home. After her whole family was denounced, she was exiled to the Himalayas. Leaving the country in 1958 to study in England, she never returned. The film recounts the family history interwoven with archival and contemporary footage. Her mother's visit in 1990 unleashed a flood of memories and revealed information that became the basis for ther best-selling book, Wild Swans. In the tradition of Amy Tan, Jung Chang shows how individual lives are transformed by historical forces. This is an unforgettable, deeply moving film."
Data Entry Date: 1/31/2000