In 2008 I participated in the “Autumn Gem” project, a docudrama directed and produced by San Francisco Bay Area filmmakers Rae and Adam Tow. The following is an excerpt from autumn-gem.com:
“This project explores the extraordinary life of the Chinese revolutionary heroine and women’s rights activist Qiu Jin (1875 – 1907). During the reign of the last dynasty in China, Qiu Jin boldly challenged traditional gender roles and demanded equal rights and opportunities for women. At a time when women’s lives were often marked by repressive practices such as footbinding, arranged marriages, and denial of education, she envisioned a future where women would free themselves from the confines of tradition and emerge as strong and active citizens of a new and modern nation.”
In the film I play the historical figure Xu Xilin, Qiu’s fellow revolutionary. Here’s the Autumn Gem trailer:
The filmmakers are in the process of planning a screening tour in March 2010 and are seeking schools, museums, and other educational venues across the nation to include on their itinerary. A list of their current upcoming events can be found at:
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