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Subject: So. Studies/Sciences: Geography/Cultures

China Profile Series

This is a series of enlightening documentaries about China, its people, its politics, and how tradition and culture affect the country as a whole. Series: 7 programs (15 to 84 minutes). Click for more

Women in China: Up Against the Wall

Women in China: Up Against the Wall

"Highly Recommended. Filmed on-location, this historic documentary withstands the test of time; it will be especially enlightening to viewers regarding the issues of China, women, and human rights." -National Media Review
"If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, it is that human rights are women's rights - and women's rights are human rights." -Hillary Clinton
For centuries, China has been a country of many walls. The Great Wall of China is the most recognized wall in the world. Today, as the world becomes more global, China, the "land of the dragon," once shrouded in mystery, has become a serious world power, facing new ideas and challenges. This classic documentary serves two purposes. First, it documents the historic United Nations' Fourth World Conference on Women, which occurred in Beijing in 1995; one of the most noted speeches was given by then First Lady, Hillary Clinton, and called the "Women's Rights are Human Rights' Speech." For present-day use, the program also offers an eye-opening look at the country and politics of China as a whole, using walls as a symbolic metaphor. Walls can separate what is within and what is without; the known from the unknown; the sacred from the profane. Through an historical and psychological lens the program tracks the suppression of the feminine from dynastic times through the Communist era. Here we visit the Forbidden City, which for concubines who lived there was both palace and prison; we learn of the foot-binding ritual endured by Chinese women; of Mao Tse-tung (Zedong) who became the leader of the Chinese National Party in 1949; and of the protest of 1989, when students built the Goddess of Democracy, a statue which was crushed by soldiers in the assault on Tiananmen Square that ended the Democracy Movement. Also five songs written by Yoko Ono help to underscore the message of the program. Songs by Yoko Ono: Rising; Talking to the Universe; Where Do We Go From Here?; War Zone; Revelations. Produced by Laurie Layton Schapira. 02/10DE JSCA 40 min.
Also Produced by Laurie Schapira: Prophecy of the Seeress

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