Song Family Village Takes a Bride

© Song / Seaman / Rousso-Schindler
27 minutes / Colour / 2009
Directed by
Zhifang Song Gary Seaman Steven Rousso-Schindler


Country of production United States China

Series Song Family Village

Most weddings in the village still reflect traditional patterns of patrilineal descent and patrilocal residence. The bride leaves her natal home to marry into her husband’s village, where she is a stranger among his many agnates (patrilineal kin). Recent changes in the village economy have strengthened the bargaining position of women and the present marriage customs reflect this process. In this film, the bride refuses to kowtow to the groom’s relatives, reflecting her ability to defy patriarchal traditions.

Language and subtitles English and Chinese with English Subtitles

Region Central Asia and Far East

Country China

Keywords Marriage Family / Kinship Gender Role and Identity Social Change