Women's Film Festival Brings Hard-Hitting Stories to Big Screen

September 20, 2016
Editor: Gretchen Zhou

The movie Adopt and its director Liu Xiaoke. [qianhuaweb.com]


The 4th China Women's Film Festival is currently taking place in Beijing until September 25. One of the nominated movies, Adopt, is about a young girl from the country growing up in the 1980s.

Adopt portrays the torturous life of Ye Yuxing, who was sent to another family right after birth, and eventually became a strong young writer through unremitting endeavor even facing thousands of twists and turns when she grows up. The movie explores themes of self-redemption and self-improvement in spite of harm and hurt, say commentators.

The film has been widely-acclaimed; so far it has received nomination at various events and festivals 12 times, including at a leading industry event in India.

Its director, the pioneering Chinese filmmaker Liu Xiaoke, also worked as scriptwriter and producer. She originally majored in directing, and graduated from Central Drama Academy in Beijing.

The judges have praised Adopt as a highly thought-provoking story, and spoke of its strong presentation of the pressures and discrimination faced by women in society and culture.

Besides Adopt, six other movies were also nominated at the festival. By helping female directors who choose to focus on women's themes through movies and documentaries, the event intends to draw more public concern to topics such as women's rights and gender discrimination, say organizers.

In recognition of its efforts, the film festival has in the past won the prestigious Culture Exchange Achievement Award by the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


The 4th China Women's Film Festival takes place in Beijing from September 17-25. [qianhuaweb.com]

A poster for the movie 'Adopt'. [qianhuaweb.com]

The director Liu Xiaoke (L) ponders over a scene with actress Zhou Huimin. [qianhuaweb.com]

A poster for the movie 'Adopt'. [qianhuaweb.com]

Posters of other nominated films. [qianhuaweb.com]


(Source: qianhuaweb.com/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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