All About My Sisters

  • 174'
  • USA
  • 2021

Jin scowls into the camera when her sister – the filmmaker – asks about her earliest memories. No wonder: these memories are anything but pleasant. Jin was born in the 1990s, during China’s one-child policy. It was normal then for unborn girls to be aborted – right up to the last month of a pregnancy, because boys were preferred. Living babies were also ruthlessly dumped in the garbage, or in the woods. Jin survived for a week in a box on the streets.

The story of this rebellious fighter unspools before the camera’s gaze, which follows her everywhere over several years. Jin is now a mother herself, struggling with her heritage. Wang Qiong interviews her parents, who are wracked by feelings of guilt, and her uncle, who back then enforced birth control policy for the government. This intimate, highly personal document is both a loving, painfully honest portrait of a family and an attempt to expose a traumatic period in China, so that the deep wounds this has left may finally start to heal.

Director
Wang Qiong
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
174'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Jia ting lu xiang
Language
Chinese
Producer
Wang Qiong
Sales
Asian Shadows
Cinematography
Wang Qiong
Editor
Wang Qiong
Production Design
Wang Qiong
Sound Design
Wang Qiong