A very Dai Girl

27 minutes / Colour / 2018
Directed by
MengHua Zhang

Country of production China

This film quietly observes her daily life of Xiao Yue, a bright 22-year-old young woman from Yunnan province in the South of China. We see Xiao Yue cook, care for her grandmother, sew, and farm - but also visit an amusement arcade with friends, and talk with her boyfriend on her smartphone. Xiao Yue is of the Dai ethnic group, and whilst she prepares costumes for traditional celebrations, she reflects on her aversion to marrying a fellow Dai, seeking the greater gender equality and modernity she perceives in China’s dominant Han culture. A subtle and affectionate portrait of a young woman embedded in a traditional culture yet networked into the global flows of images and ideologies.

In the 2019 RAI Film Fest Student

Language and subtitles Dai language, Mandarin

Location(s) depicted Denghong Autonomous Prefecture Yunnan Province, China

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