Still Tomorrow

Film - Documentary | April 25 | 7-10 p.m. | 142 Dwinelle Hall

 Fan Jian, Documentary Filmmaker; Professor Linda Williams, Departments of Film Studies and Rhetoric at UC Berkeley

 Datong Society of China Studies, Center for Chinese Studies, UC Berkeley

Still Tomorrow (yaoyaohuanghuang de renjian) was directed by Fan Jian. In Chinese with English subtitles.

Its content is based on the poignant story of an unusual Chinese poet—Yu Xiuhua. Yu Xiuhua was a peasant woman poet. She was born in a small village in Hubei Province, China in 1976, with cerebral palsy. In 2015, her poem “Crossing Half of the Country to Sleep with You” (chuanguo dabange zhongguo qu shuini) was forwarded by Poetry Periodical in WeChat, and she has traveled a bumpy road to fame. Almost overnight, she became a household name. Following her tremendous popularity, journalists swarmed into her village to interview her. She soon was able to publish her first book of poetry and she began to be called “China’s Emily Dickinson.” Her triply-marginalized identities—rural background, gender, and disability—have triggered nation-wide discussions about the rights of women in marriage, sexuality and attitudes towards disability. The film documents Yu’s yearning for sexual and emotional intimacy, a fundamental human right not readily available to the disabled.

Fan Jian is the leading documentary filmmaker in mainland China. After graduating from Beijing Film Academy, he has made more than 5 feature-length documentaries. His films have been selected into Berlinale, IDFA, BIFF, HKIFF and other film festivals. One of his most famous works, My Land (wutu), was been selected into the Panorama at Berlinale 2016. Still Tomorrow (yaoyaohuanghuang de renjian) is his latest work and has won the IDFA Special Jury Award for Feature-Length Documentary in International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in 2016, one of the highest honors for documentary filmmakers.