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DocuLens Asia: Screening of “Four Sisters from Baima” and “Mei Mei,” 9/21/06

September 21, 2007IASEvents0

“Four Sisters from Baima”: The Baima tribe is a Tibetan branch that still maintained primitive matriarchy and lived on hunting not long ago. In 1999, as a protective measure against the disastrous floods in the area where the Baima tribe has always lived, the government decided to blockade the mountain area and hunting was no longer allowed. This forced the tribe to change its traditional lifestyle. The four sisters in this documentary are the most beautiful girls in the Baima tribe. Blessed with native talents in singing and dancing, they are among the first to explore the local tourist business. They made money through performing for tourists and this caused controversy among the villagers. However, some of them followed the four sisters? example and joined the tourism business. The once quiet village has been growing restless ever since. Director: Zhang Tongdao. 68 min, 2003, Tibetan w/English subtitles. “Mei Mei”: Mei Mei is a transvestite male actor who is eager to find his true love. In 2004 he finally meets the man of his dreams who also accepts Mei Mei as he is. They have a public wedding ceremony. Mei Mei is very confident about his marriage and the new life ahead. His friends throw a farewell party for him before he leaves for Shanghai where he and his love embark on a new life together. However, things are not as perfect as planned, and his marriage proves harder than expected. Finally Mei Mei comes back to Beijing. He feels uncomfortable around old friends and experiences financial problems. Director: Gao Tian. 82 min, 2005, Chinese w/ English subtitles. Cosponsored by the Consortium for the Study of the Asias. Additional Cosponsors: The Asian American Studies Program, The Department of Asian Languages and Literature, and The Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies.

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