For Her 招娣(Tuo Tian, 2021) Group 14 (Dongyi Zhu, Evelyn Sun, Tuo Tian, Xuanyu Zhou, Yuhao Shi)

Basic information

Film name (Chinese): 招娣

Film name (English): For Her

Type: Ethical family film & social theme

Running time: 6 mins 54 seconds

Languages: Chinese (with English subtitles)

Budget: £839

Shooting Location: Chaoshan, Guangdong Provice, China

Shooting date: 20/03/2021 - 21/03/2021

Release date: 19/04/2021

Acknowledgement

Thanks for Evelyn Sun’s grandmom (Tianxiang Wei),Dongyi Zhu’s younger brother (Yilin Zhu), and Tuo's friend (Ran Shi) to be participated in our filming. We couldn't have finished the film without their help.

The Cast

Evelyn Sun --- Zhaodi

Tianxiang Wei --- Zhaodi’s Mother (mouth)

Dongyi Zhu --- Zhaodi’s Mother (shadow)

Ran Shi --- Young Zhaodi (hair cutting)

Siqi Tian --- Young Zhaodi (flying a kite)

Yilin Zhu --- Zhaodi’s Brother

Behind The Scenes

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Our Team

Producer: Evelyn Sun      Assistant Producer: Xuanyu Zhou Director: Tuo Tian Director of Photography: Tuo Tian      Assistant Photographer: Dongyi Zhu & Evelyn Sun
Sound Mixer: Xuanyu Zhou & Dongyi Zhu & Evelyn Sun Editor: Yuhao Shi Script Writer: Evelyn Sun & Tuo Tian & Xuanyu Zhou & Yuhao Shi & Dongyi Zhu  
 
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About Us

Dongyi Zhu (d.zhu1@lancaster.ac.uk)

I am a sophomore student in Lancaster University, majoring in Media and Cultural Studies. In the past two years, I have learned the professional knowledge of classic Hollywood films and documentary films, and gained a deeper understanding of film culture. On the way of learning film, I gradually connected my professional knowledge of film with sociological theory, and the ability to combine knowledge of different fields was my biggest gain in the process of learning. In the future study, I will continue to focus on the study of professional film knowledge. "Zhaodi" is the first film I participated in the production, which is a good start for me. I hope I can have more opportunities to participate in film creation in the future. The path to film study is mysterious and interesting.   

Evelyn Sun (Email: evelyn19990615@gmail.com)

I'm a graduating student majoring in Film, media and culture studies at Lancaster University. She was participated in four different type of films such as documentary film, short film and experimental film in numerous roles (eg. producer, cinematographer, boom operator, editor, and actor). In the past three years, I have studied the theoretical knowledge related to media and the practice of film shooting (especially being a producer) in Lancaster University, coupled with the unique exhibition resources in the UK, I gradually developed a strong interest in the field of exhibition. My following step will be doing the master degree in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art.

Tuo Tian (Email: tiantuo423@gmail.com)

I am a graduate of Lancaster University majoring in Media and Cultural Studies. During my college years, I completed three short films “Exploring international life” “招娣” “Lines and lies”and acted as scriptwriter, editor, director, cinematographer and producer in Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts. For me, there is no better way to explore human emotions than to write visual stories using lenses and light. I will pursue my master's degree in digital media production at University College London in the following year.

Xuanyu Zhou (x.zhou17@lancaster.ac.uk)

I'm a second year student majoring in Film, media and culture studies at Lancaster University. I'm currently involved in the production of short films as a sound recorder, cinematographer and visual designer. In the past two years I have been able to combine the theories I have learnt about media with the current social situation, as well as studying the history of film in different countries, thus combining theory with film experimentation. For me, these skills and experiences will help me to produce better and more compelling films that will bring joy to more people in the future.

Yuhao Shi (y.shi16@lancaster.ac.uk)

I am a sophomore at Lancaster University and the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts is my minor. in my first and second academic year I studied the theory of Global Cinema, Classic Hollywood Cinema and Documentary Cinema. I have also developed a keen interest in editing and have learnt basic editing techniques through a combination of in-class and out-of-class sessions. During my time at Lancaster University, I have enriched my understanding and insight into film. I am always on my way to perfecting myself and hope to improve even more in the next academic year.

Background

Due to the influence of traditional culture, male to female ratio has always been unbalanced in China. According to the 2018 analysis report on the status quo of the male-female ratio of China's population and the development trend of the male-female ratio imbalance, China's male-female ratio is 116.9:100, that is, there are 30-40 million more males than females. Chinese people's image of men is that they are masculine and indomitable. This deep-rooted preference for sons over daughters has been deeply imprinted in the Chinese people's bones after thousands of years of fermentation. As the saying goes, "The daughter who gets married is the water thrown out”. Finally, since ancient times, there have been such thoughts as "male superiority to female inferiority" and "women without talent are virtuous", making women unable to receive higher, thus leading to women's lower status, lower ability, and humble status than men.

Of course, in the 21st century, son preference has greatly eased, and female's social status is gradually rising. Nevertheless, the stigma of son preference remain persists in some rural areas of China. For example, some girls parents were given them away to provide space for their younger brothers, being asked for money every time their parents called and grew up in parents' preference for her younger brother, etc. The Shantou, Guangdong province where our film was set is one of the cities with the most severe son preference as we researched on Weibo, Baidu forum and Zhihu (a Chinese question-and-answer website). Therefore, our crew is fighting against the old society's dreads by telling a story of how a girl who grew up in a patriarchal environment was ignored, abused, unloved, and eventually destroyed. We can't change the older generation's old thinking, but we firmly believe that when our new generation becomes the main force in society, the son preference will disappear forever in Chinese society, and every girl can grow up happily in the care of her parents.

Plot

This is a story set in a small fishing village in southern China tells the story of a girl who is persecuted by the traditional idea of having son preference over a daughter. After being constantly oppressed by her parents on the pretext of having a younger brother, she finally chooses to end her tragic life in a beautiful fantasy.

Hi, we are Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts students at Lancaster University and our group is made up of two juniors and three sophomores.Although our film's background is set in China, this malice against female does not only exist in China, it exists all over the world.Through this film, we hope to raise awareness of the harm that can be done to females.

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Excerpts from the film

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Screening

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