All About My Sisters
Wang Qiong’s impressive debut takes us to the heart of her unresolved family trauma and asks critical questions about privacy and permission in documentary practice.
USA 2021. 174min
With English subtitles
What began as a personal project to understand her family’s decision to abandon her younger sister Jin as a new-born, transformed into an expanded portrait of 1990s China. Regrettably, Jin’s story was all too common for baby girls as a result of a toxic combination of patriarchal culture and the country’s one-child policy. Opening with Jin firing questions at Wang Qiong – ‘Why are you filming? Why didn’t you film me then? Who knows my sufferings?’ – All About My Sisters is unafraid to probe the ethical boundaries of documentary practice. Filmed over a period of seven years, this is independent filmmaking at its most committed and fearless. Walking an emotional tightrope, Wang’s non-judgmental approach allows space for her family to recall their deeply painful past.
Hyun Jin Cho
Contains scenes viewers may find distressing.
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