Best of the Fest - Audience Favorite
Monday, January 16, 6:00 PM
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USA, 2011, 85 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: China
Topics: Asian, History, Political, Woman Director, Women
Program: True Stories
After living in America for twenty years, Jian Ping finds the courage to write Mulberry Child, the story of her traumatic childhood in communist China during Mao’s Cultural Revolution. At a time when millions had their lives destroyed and their reputations ruined, Jian’s father, a high ranking government official was arrested and falsely accused of treason, her mother persecuted and her family scorned and banished, leaving Jian with a life affliction – the inability to express her feelings.Jian’s American-raised daughter Lisa has little interest in her Chinese roots or her mother’s memoirs. Sadly there is a disconnect between Jian and her free-spirited daughter, but during the 2008 Beijing Olympics Lisa travels with her mother to China to visit her dying grandfather, Hou Kai. It is on that journey that Lisa finally reads Mulberry Child and discovers how her mother’s past has haunted her own life.Mixing interviews with dramatic reenactments, Susan Morgan Cooper explores Jian’s powerful memoir and illuminates how Mao’s regime has influenced three generations of Chinese women.
Director Susan Morgan-Cooper, Exec Producer Ellis Goodman, Producer Jian Ping, and Narrator Lisa Xia are all expected to attend both screenings.
DIRECTOR: Susan Morgan Cooper
Producer: Susan Morgan Cooper
Editor: Sean Valla, Miranda Yousef
Screenwriter: Susan Morgan Cooper
Cinematographer: Quyen Tran
Music: Kyle Eastwood, Matt McGuire
Principal Cast: Jian Ping, Lisa Xia, Jaqueline Bissett (narrator)
Filmography: An Unlikely Weapon (2008), Mirjana, One Girl’s Journey (1997)
Print Source: Morgan Cooper Productions - www.mulberrychildmovie.com