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Hidden Letters

Directed by Violet Du Feng, Qing Zhao
86 minutes
All Ages
A centuries-old secret written language connects two modern Chinese women in director Violet Du Feng’s absorbing documentary debut. Selected for Hot Docs 2022.
For thousands of years, most Chinese women were forbidden to read or write. So the women of Jiangyong county, Hunan province, created their own way to communicate: Nüshu, a script men could not decipher. Never spoken, women would chant Nüshu songs or poems at gatherings or embroider them on fans. Over time, Nüshu faded from use but Hu Xin, a young woman from the region, and Shanghai soprano Simu are determined to keep this unique script alive. Lamentably gender discrimination is still alive and well and both women struggle to be heard, much like their sisters of yore.
Feng and Qing have created a masterstroke of poetic cinema, delivering a homogenous audio/visual experience that vastly augments the projected importance of their living and literary subjects.

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Sat 25 Feb
Alice Springs Cinema
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All Ages
China, Germany, Norway, USA
In Chinese and Mandarin with English subtitles
Violet Du Feng, Qing Zhao
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