Preview – On Both Sides of the Camera: Women in Film Retrospective, Washington, D.C., November 7-10

The D.C. Chinese Film Festival will be working in collaboration with the One International Women’s Film Festival to present a retrospective of Chinese language film directed by and/or featuring women, entitled ‘On Both Sides of the Camera: A Women in Film Retrospective’. The festival will run from Thursday, November 7th through Sunday, November 10th. Screenings will be held in partner venues at the Freer Sackler Gallery and Landmark Theaters in Washington, D.C.

Send Me to the Clouds

The festival will comprise a selection of 10 films from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the United States that address issues of gender and sexuality, as well as women’s evolving role in society. The opening film is Send Me to the Clouds (2019) starring Yao Chen which will screen at West End Cinema on Thursday, November 7th at 7pm and will be followed by a Q&A with writer-director Teng Concong.

Lust, Caution

Notable selections include King Hu’s wuxia classic A Touch of Zen (1971), the first Chinese-language film to win an award at the Cannes Film Festival; Hu Sang’s pioneering historical drama Long Live the Missus! (1947); Taiwanese icon Sylvia Chang’s romantic comedy Siao Yu (1995); and Ang Lee’s erotic wartime drama, Lust, Caution (2007).

A First Farewell

Also showing are some recent, critically acclaimed debuts by women filmmakers such as Send Me to the Clouds and Wang Lina’s A First Farewell (2018). DCCFF is also proud to include a screening of I Am Another You (2017), the second film by Nanfu Wang, the director of this year’s Sundance hit, One Child Nation.

Along with the screenings, DCCFF will host the panel discussion A Changing Image: Feminist Identity Through Generations of Women in Film in which filmmakers and experts in Asian cinema will discuss diverse portrayals of femininity and Chinese women in cinema. The panel will take place on Saturday, November 9th at Landmark West End Cinema, 2301 M St NW, Washington DC 20037.

For further details of the full line-up, please visit the festival website.

Tickets for opening film Send Me to the Clouds can be purchased here. Tickets for all other films can be purchased here.