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The Women’s Kingdom
A film by Xiaoli Zhou, Produced by Xiaoli Zhou & Brent E. Huffman
China/US, 2006, 22 minutes, Color, DVD, Mandarin, Subtitled
Order No. W09928
Keepers of one of the last matriarchal societies in the world, Mosuo women in a remote area of southwest China live beyond the strictures of mainstream Chinese culture – enjoying great freedoms and carrying heavy responsibilities.

Beautifully shot and featuring intimate interviews, this short documentary offers a rare glimpse into a society virtually unheard of 10 years ago and now often misrepresented in the media. Mosuo women control their own finances and do not marry or live with partners; they practice what they call "walking marriage." A man may be invited into a woman’s hut to spend a "sweet night," but must leave by daybreak. While tourism has brought wealth and 21st century conveniences to this remote area, it has also introduced difficult challenges to the Mosuo culture – from pollution in the lake, to the establishment of brothels, to mainstream ideas about women, beauty and family. This finely wrought film is a sensitive portrayal of extraordinary women struggling to hold on to their extraordinary society.



AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS


Student Academy Award, Silver Medal
San Francisco Women’s Film Festival, Best Editing
Fresno Film Festiva, Audience Award for Short Documentary

  • 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
  • San Diego Asian Film Festival
  • Vancouver Asian 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

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    “3 ½ stars. Highly Recommended. Sophisticated… does a fine job of presenting an overview of a fascinating and complex culture.”
    Video Librarian

    “A lovely film about a rural culture challenging the assumptions of mainstream Chinese society.”
    Curve Magazine

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