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Asia and the Pacific Screens

When the Bough Breaks 危巢

5:00pm - 7:00pm
14 Nov 2013
Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Centre (130), corner of Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU

Director Ji Dan 季丹

2012, 144 mins

Chinese with English subtitles

One of the most important female filmmakers in China, Ji Dan spent three years following a migrant worker family living on the outskirts of Beijing, as the family’s three children fight against all odds – including their own parents – to continue their education and pursue a better future. The family’s tense exchanges are captured as two headstrong girls try to negotiate a path to independence, security, and adulthood, revealing how some children are forced to make their own way in the world. The film takes an unflinching look at the difficulties facing migrant families barely surviving at the margins of China's new prosperity.

The film screening will be followed by a short discussion.

This film is part of the monthly film series Asia and the Pacific Screens, sponsored by the Australian Centre on China in the World.

Download the full program for Season One: Monstrous Realities

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