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Care and Love

Ai Xiaoming and Hu Jie

Release year: 2007

Run time: 108 mins

Film type: Documentary


Liu Xianhong, a Hebei peasant, contracted HIV from a routine hospital blood transfusion. This documentary is the story of her arduous but successful litigation against the hospital responsible. The film documents the fates of several families infected with HIV in the same manner, and reveals rural China’s awakening social consciousness against the backdrop of the camaraderie, support, and love that the victims find in each other.


Director biography

Ai Xiaoming
A feminist professor in Sun Yat-Sen (Zhongshan) University, director of the Comparative Literature Section in Department of Chinese, program leader of Sex/Gender Education Forum, translator and director for the performance: The Vagina Monologue, a Chinese version. Documentaries jointly produced with Hu Jie are , , and < The Vagina Monologue, Stories from China>. The latter was selected in Women’s Films Festival organized by City University of New York as a side event of the United Nation’s 49th session of commission on the status of women.

Hu Jie
Hu Jie is an independent historian, artist, and filmmaker. Born in Jinan, Shandong in 1958, he graduated from the Art College of the People’s Liberation Army. He works in oils and woodcuts from his lakeside studio in Nanjing. His films are among the most important documents of China’s unacknowledged “unoffcial history”, and include Looking for Lin Zhao’s Soul (2005), about a martyr-poet critic of Mao; and Though I Am Gone (2007), about an elite Beijing girls’ high school whose students murdered their headmaster at the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.