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People’s Representative Yao Lifa

Ai Xiaoming

Release year: 2006

Run time: 56 mins

Film type: Documentary


Primary school teacher Yao Lifazheng, as an independent candidate, was elected as a representative of the People's Congress in Qianjiang City, Hubei Province. He is a pioneer in China's practice of implementing election laws. This film documents Yao Lifazheng's efforts to popularize the election law among the general public and his own participation in grassroots elections through practical actions. It vividly showcases the budding awareness of grassroots democracy in China through media coverage and people's reactions, as well as Yao Lifazheng's election philosophy and challenging circumstances.


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.