With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Sunday, November 18, 2012

ACF 1717: DAYBREAK playing at Asia Society on Tuesday, November 20th

Directed by SUN Yu
With LI Lili
China, 1933,  96 minutes
Silent, B/W, 35mm.
When: Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 6:30 pm
Where Asia Society
725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street), NYC

Ling Ling (Li Lili) leaves her war-ravaged rural fishing village for a better life in Shanghai. She soon confronts the dark side of life in this metropolis marked by poverty and material decadence. After being raped by her factory boss, Ling Ling seeks help from a stranger who sells her to a brothel. Now a prostitute, Ling Ling has not forgotten her roots and provides for those who are even less fortunate. She is able to find her ultimate redemption as a revolutionary martyr. Director Sun Yu, a member of the progressive left of his time, masterfully juxtaposes the punishing reality of Shanghai with idyllic images of Ling Ling's rural past. The film looks longingly at lost traditional values and offers hope for a renewed society

This screening of Daybreak is part of the film series Goddess: Chinese Women on Screen which runs through December 8, 2012.

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