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AUTUMN GEM explores the extraordinary life of modern China’s first feminist Qiu Jin (1875 - 1907). An accomplished writer, women’s rights activist, and leader of a revolutionary army, Qiu Jin boldly challenged traditional gender roles and demanded equal rights and opportunities for women. She was the first woman to lead an armed uprising against the corrupt Qing Dynasty, for which she was arrested and executed. Compared to a “Chinese Joan of Arc,” she emerged as a national heroine who is celebrated in China today.
Using archival images, scholar interviews, and dramatic recreations based on her original writings, AUTUMN GEM brings the story of Qiu Jin to life. Shot on location in the U.S. and China, the film stars former China National Martial Arts Champion and Hollywood stunt actress Li Jing. It is produced and directed by two Chinese American filmmakers, Rae Chang and Adam Tow.
The Centre for Teaching Asian Languages and Cultures was pleased to host a free screening and Q&A with the filmmakers:
Tuesday 28 September 2010
6pm - 8pm
Deakin University, Melbourne Burwood Campus
221 Burwood Highway
Lecture Theatre 12, Building X
For more information on Autumn Gem see http://autumn-gem.com/