Skip to content

White Ribbon

Hu Jie

Release year: 2004

Run time: 36 mins

Film type: Documentary


In the spring of 2004, a female graduate student was killed at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, but it was confirmed on the school's website that girls should not refuse male love. This film documents how Chinese professor Ai Xiaoming led the fight back against such patriarchal thinking.


Director biography

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.