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Program Title: Night Girl AKA
EASC Code: CW-08
Series Title: Women Around the World
Region/Country: China
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English
Subject:
Program Type: Documentary
Media Type: VHS
Director: Yingli Ma
Producer: Women Make Movies Release
Release Date:
Running Time: 45 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: NIGHT GIRL presents the poignant story of Han Lin, a 17-year old prematurely made to enter into the workforce as a Go-Go dancer in order to help her family eke out a living in modern-day Peking. Born in the center of the metropolis, on the surface she is an ordinary girl from a traditional Chinese family. On closer inspection Han Li is mature beyond her years and faces an enormous burden of responsibility unfamiliar to most young women in the West. Straddling the fine line between girlhood and adulthood, she is exposed to the lure of economic independence promised by the sex industry and the lack of opportunities for women in the working world. A striking picture of contemporary China, Night Girl also presents the generational and cultural riff that is now causing local traditions, values and male and female roles to clash with on another.
Data Entry Date: 12/11/06