Directed by Mei Liying
1997 China is a place of transitions. Control of Hong Kong has just returned to the mainland. Western values are beginning to impact traditional Chinese values. At this time, 11-year-old Qingqing is also in a place of transition. On the cusp of adolescence, she lives with her mom in the peaceful city of Wuhan. Her father, who works in Shenzhen (China’s first special economic zone), comes home only once a month. Qingqing and her friends are beginning to discover the opposite sex, and each other. When Qingqing discovers her mom’s oddly close relationship with a female friend, she starts stalking them, only to discover a secret that will unravel her peaceful family life.
Mei Liying is a writer and director from Beijing, China. Her documentary, AMITABHA, which explores contemporary Chinese Buddhism, was nominated for China’s prestigious Gold Panda Award for Best Documentary. Her fiction short films, NAACH and ONE DAY, were awarded and screened at film festivals around the world. Mei is now co-writing LUNA, a project developed by Warner Bros. She holds a MFA degree from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Producer: Xu Zhang
Director: Mei Liying
Writers: Mei Liying, Xu Zhang
Cinematographer: Jon Keng
Production Designer: Yiyong Yang
Sound Designer: Qianbaihui Yang
Composer: Pantawit Kiangsiri
Editor: Yifan Zhang
Cast: Jinger Li, Jing Yang, Yuan Xu, Zhe Gong
Shorts Programs / 98 minsAn intersectional glance at the many facets of women’s experiences. This collection features incredibly badass females from different cultural backgrounds. We hope you leave empowered and feeling like you can conquer the world. — Ariel Du