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The New Chinese Documentary Film MovementFor the Public Record$
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Chris Berry, Xinyu Lu, and Lisa Rofel

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028528

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028528.001.0001

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Coming out of The Box, Marching as Dykes

Coming out of The Box, Marching as Dykes

(p.77) 5 Coming out of The Box, Marching as Dykes
The New Chinese Documentary Film Movement

Chao Shi-Yan

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter focuses on two independent documentaries made by women: The Box (2001) and Dyke March (2004). It examines social identities that have emerged with marketization, namely gay and lesbian sexual identities. The chapter compares two films about lesbians, one produced by a self-proclaimed heterosexual woman, the other by a lesbian. It argues that while observational documentaries have addressed certain important political questions of representation in China, they raise other sorts of contradictions when questions of identity come into the picture. By identifying with lesbians, the filmmaker Shi Tou is able to experiment with styles of filmmaking that do not concern themselves with observational distance or objectification.

Keywords:   The Box, Dyke March, lesbian documentary, marketization, gay identity, gender issues, China, Shi Tou

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