档案 / Dang’an
Directed by Zhu Rikun
2014. China. 129 min. DCP. In Chinese with English subtitles.
Tsering Woeser, the subject of Chinese filmmaker Zhu Rikun’s extraordinary documentary, is a Tibetan writer now based in Beijing. Through her writing and online presence, she has become one of the most eloquent voices on Tibet. Zhu’s sharply designed, formally innovative documentary unfolds completely in Woeser’s own voice: Zhu alternates formally photographed scenes of the writer reading excerpts from her secret government “dossier” (to which she has somehow gained access) with scenes of her speaking in her own soft but passionate voice. Woeser’s moving account of her political awakening and current activism makes for a powerful document of a Tibetan woman finding her voice and insisting on her freedom to use it.
This screening is co-presented with Columbia University’s Modern Tibetan Studies Program.
Post-screening Q&A with director Zhu Rikun and Robert Barnett, Columbia University, moderated by La Frances Hui, Asia Society Film Curator.
Watch the Q&A on video here.
Presented with the Center on U.S.-China Relations.