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Hidden Letters

  • 1h 26m
  • Violet Du Feng
  • Qing Zhao
  • United States, China, Norway
  • 2022

Resisting the patriarchy one secret language at a time.

Four hundred years ago Chinese women had to obey fathers, husbands, and sons. But women in a few secluded villages of central China had a secret - a secret language they created called Nushu.

This very ancient hidden language embodies a powerful bond of sisterhood that challenged patriarchy for centuries.

Written in poems or songs on paper-folded fans and handkerchiefs, these hidden letters were passed down from generation to generation. The secret language was used as a way for women to share their stories and express hope and solidarity.

As China’s wealth and power continue to grow, so do gender imbalances. Hidden Letters tells the story of two Chinese women trying to balance their lives as independent women in modern China while confronting the traditional identity that defines but also oppresses them.

On the brink of extinction, Nushu’s modern debut is under threat of being commodified. Can these two women keep it alive in a world still dominated by men? They try to protect the written language’s true legacy, while being swept up into its new trendy comeback.

Directed by award winning filmmakers Zhao Qing and Violet Du Feng. Du Feng is a Doc Edge Alumni, having produced Our Time Machine (2019) and Confucian Dream (2020).

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Director

Violet Du Feng

Director

Qing Zhao

Producer

Jaeson Ma

Producer

Sally Jo Fifer

Producer

Ken Pelletier

Producer

Jean Tsien

Producer

James Costa

Producer

Su Kim

Producer

Violet Du Feng

Languages

Chinese, English

Countries

United States, China, Norway

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