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When My Child Is Born

When My Child Is Born

When My Child Is Born (2011). (Amber Entertainment)

Part of the documentary film series
Visions of a New China

When My Child Is Born 当我的孩子出生
Dir. GUO Jing and KE Dingding, China 郭静, 柯丁丁.
2010. China/UK/Denmark/Japan. 75 min. HDCAM. English subtitles.

Take a rare glimpse into the life of a young academic couple in Beijing. Jun is finishing her Ph.D. in Australia and is a Virginia Woolf specialist. Long, who has just returned from a research study in Germany, is struggling to finish his dissertation on Marx and Kant. An unexpected pregnancy propels the couple to marry quickly and navigate the world of parenthood. An overbearing mother-in-law enters their private world and expects to be in every part of child rearing. The film offers a candid and intimate portrait of two people caught between freedom and responsibility, career and family, and the new and old.

"Amazingly candid and personal." — Giovanna Fulvi, Toronto International Film Festival

GUO Jing was born in 1976 in Shanghai, China. She graduated from the journalism department of Fudan University and has worked as a director and editor ever since. KE Dingding was born in 1965 in Shanghai, China. He graduated from the Institute of Chengdu Radio Engineering and has been working as a photographer and director since 1995. Other films by the duo include First Period (2009), All About My Friends (2010), and Fruitful Summer (2006).

The Visions of a New China film series is supported in part by a grant from the Open Society Foundations. Additional support is provided by the Center on U.S.-China Relations and New York State Council on the Arts.

Event Details

30 September 2011
6:45pm - 8:00pm

725 Park Avenue, New York, NY

Online and phone ticketing for this program is now closed. Tickets are available for walk-in purchase. $7 members; $9 students/seniors; $11 nonmembers (Series discount available. Click on series link for more information.)