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Coming out of The Box, Marching as Dykes

Chao Shi-Yan

in The New Chinese Documentary Film Movement

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028528
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207202 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028528.003.0005
Coming out of The Box,                             Marching as Dykes

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This chapter focuses on two independent documentaries made by women: The Box (2001) and Dyke March (2004). It examines social identities that have emerged with marketization, namely gay and lesbian sexual identities. The chapter compares two films about lesbians, one produced by a self-proclaimed heterosexual woman, the other by a lesbian. It argues that while observational documentaries have addressed certain important political questions of representation in China, they raise other sorts of contradictions when questions of identity come into the picture. By identifying with lesbians, the filmmaker Shi Tou is able to experiment with styles of filmmaking that do not concern themselves with observational distance or objectification.

Keywords: The Box; Dyke March; lesbian documentary; marketization; gay identity; gender issues; China; Shi Tou

Chapter.  8204 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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