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2016 Asian American International Film Festival | New York City

JOLIN

Directed by Siyan Liu, Danni Wang

Documentary / China, USA / 2016 / Biography, Documentary / 67 mins / Chinese with English subtitles

JOLIN

Village East Cinema
July 29, 2016 6:30 pm

Description

Dongguan, simultaneously the manufacturing hub and inadvertent sex capital of China; it is home to 1.7 million female factory workers, 300,000 of which comprised of former factory girls turned sex workers. Since the government crackdown on prostitution in 2014, an increasingly growing number of women seek to flee Dongguan – and the stigma associated with it. It is here that 22-year- old country girl, Jolin, has worked for the past five years, and where her story begins.

The documentary focuses on a former factory girl, 22-year- old Jolin, who is the only child of her family and has found work as a stripper in Dongguan. She undergoes risky plastic surgery to look more ‘sexy’ and tries to find her estranged father for reasons that go beyond healing her fractured family. She hopes to leave Dongguan behind and become a famous actress in Shanghai. Jolin’s story depicts a young girl’s “Chinese Dream” and the sadness of China’s loneliest generation.

Post Screening Panel: 

Siyan Liu, Director/Produce/Cinematographer/Editor, JOLIN

Danni Wang, Director/Producer/Cinematographer/Editor, JOLIN

 


Director's Bio

Siyan Liu 

Director/ Producer/ Cinematographer/ Editor

Siyan Liu received her MFA in Social Documentary Film from School of Visual Arts in 2015. She used to be a screenwriter for fiction films. She has been worked as an assistant director in the Documentary Channel of China Central Television (CCTV-9) for two years.

Danni Wang

Director/ Producer/ Cinematographer/ Editor

Danni Wang is a Chinese filmmaker based in New York City who graduated from MFA in Social Documentary Film at School of Visual Arts in 2015. Her college thesis documentary short FAMILY STORIES was officially selected by China Independent Film Festival 2013 and Chinese Documentary Festival 2013.


Dates & Times

JOLIN

Village East Cinema
July 29, 2016 6:30 pm