Sun, Nov 18th, 2012 2:00 pm
SLIFF: 11 Flowers
In the waning years of China’s Cultural Revolution, 11-year-old Wang Han and his family live in a tiny riverfront village in Guizhou province. Forced to relocate by the government, his father, a former actor, yearns for their old life in Beijing and works to instill a sense of art and culture in his son. Conscious of the anxious whispering of adults, who tell stories about warring gangs and police clashes, Wang and his friends still spend their days in carefree play. But when Wang has a strange encounter near the river and discovers a teenager hiding in the woods who is wanted for crimes against the state, he and his friends decide to keep the fugitive’s presence a secret. Brimming with youthful energy and featuring lovingly detailed evocations of time and place, “11 Flowers” combines mainland China’s complex cultural history with a stirring evocation of childhood.
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Washington University
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