2009 / 27 minutes

Directed by
Zhifang Song Gary Seaman Steven Rousso-Schindler
Country of production
United States China
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
Central Asia and Far East
Marriage Family / Kinship Gender Role and Identity Social Change