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Gina Marchetti courtesy of Pratt Institute

Girls (Not) Always Happy: Women Directors in Contemporary Chinese Cinema

Rajiv Vaidya Memorial Lecture on Film

The 2023 Annual Rajiv Vaidya Memorial Lecture

  • Sunday, December 4, 2022
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium
  • In-person
  • Registration Required

Registration is required.

Please join us for a lecture with renowned scholar and author Gina Marchetti on 21st-century female directors working across Chinese-language cinema.

Marchetti will explore how contemporary female directors in Chinese-language cinema  visualize the evolving role of women across transnational Chinese societies while critiquing “the male glance.” Highlighting the work of filmmakers like Sylvia Chang, Ann Hui, Flora Lau, Ning Ying, and Xu Jinglei, Marchetti will share how these directors build stories around women whose lives revolve around catching a glimpse of men wielding oversized influence on their survival. The accompanying screening of Yang Mingming’s Girls Always Happy (2018) provides a telling example of the interplay between the male glance and the female glimpse in contemporary cinema from mainland China.

About Gina Marchetti

Gina Marchetti’s research and teaching interests encompass critical and cultural theory, world cinema, Asian and Asian American women filmmakers, and depictions of China and the Chinese diaspora on global screens. She is chair of the department of humanities and media studies at Pratt Institute and has published several works including Romance and the "Yellow Peril": Race, Sex and Discursive Strategies in Hollywood Fiction (California, 1993); From Tian’anmen to Times Square: Transnational China and the Chinese Diaspora on Global Screens (Temple, 2006); The Chinese Diaspora on American Screens: Race, Sex, and Cinema (Temple, 2012); and Citing China: Politics, Postmodernism, and World Cinema (Hawai’i, 2018).