The VaChina Monologues
Release year: 2014
Run time: 28 min
Film type: Documentary
The Chinese Department of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou staged the Chinese debut of The Vagina Monologues in December 2003. This feminist play, originally from the US, is committed to the elimination of gender-based violence; it incited a vagina hurricane across mainland China. The Zhihe Society of Fudan University, Shanghai Beaver Club, Beijing Bcome Group, all these different groups have performed this play in various ways. They have performed on campuses, in theatres, in cafes, on the streets, and on public transportation. In Chinese translation, The Vagina Monologues has many different titles: Cloudy Vagina, Our Vaginas, OurSelves, and For Vagina’s Sake. However, all these titles have the same so-called “ear-piercing” key word—VAGINA. “Vagina. I’ve said it”. This is a process of speaking out as well as of acting; this is a process of self-awakening as well as of public acceptance; this is a process of learning and recognising as well as a of localising. After ten years, we can revisit these vagina stories. We can talk to the participants, meet the current actors and listen to their vagina stories.
Popo Fan is a queer filmmaker and activist. His films address topics such as same sex marriage (New Beijing, New Marriage), trans issues (Be A Woman), and feminism (The VaChina Monologues). His trilogy Chinese Closet, Mama Rainbow, Papa Rainbow, focusing on LGBT families in China, had had a strong impact on Chinese society. His tireless work on LGBT visibility also includes serving as organizer for the Beijing Queer Film Festival for more than a decade, as well as founding the Queer University Video Training Camp. In 2011, he received the Prism Award from the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. In 2016 he won the best short film at Chouftouhonna, Tunis International Feminist Art Film Festival (The VaChina Monologues). He participated in Berlinale Talents 2017, and was jury of the Teddy Award in 2019.