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Our Children

Ai Xiaoming

Release year: 2009

Run time: 73 mins

Film type: Documentary


This film captures the stories that took place before and after the May 12, 2008 Sichuan earthquake. The narrators are mainly the parents of the students who were killed, interspersed with commentary from media workers, independent scholars, internet writers, geologists, environmentalists and legal practitioners. They express their views on the Sichuan earthquake from a variety of perspectives. The film is Ai's first documentary on the jerry-built projects of the Wenchuan earthquake.


Director biography

A feminist professor at Sun Yat-Sen (Zhongshan) University, the Director of the Comparative Literature Section in the Department of Chinese, and the Program Leader of the Sex/Gender Education Forum. She has also worked as a translator and director for the Chinese version of the performance 'The Vagina Monologues.' Additionally, she has collaborated with Hu Jie on documentaries such as 'Taishi Village,' 'Painting for the Revolution - Peasant Paintings from Hu County, China,' 'White Rainbow,' and 'The Vagina Monologues: Stories from China.' The latter was selected for the Women’s Film Festival organized by City University of New York as a side event of the United Nations' 49th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.