Two Chinese women are linked by their knowledge of an ancient secret language in this insightful documentary exploring resilience and sisterhood.
For thousands of years women in China were historically forced into oppressive marriages and forbidden to read or write by their households. To cope, they developed and shared a secret language among themselves called Nushu.
Spanning past and present, from sunken rice fields and rural villages to bustling metropolitan cities, Hidden Letters follows two millennial Chinese women who are connected by their fascination with Nushu and their desire to protect its legacy. In Jiangyong, Hu Xin works as a Nushu museum guide and aspires to master the ancient script following the breakup of her marriage. In Shanghai, Simu is passionate about music and Nushu, but marital expectations threaten to end her pursuit of both.
Mandarin with English subtitles
Dir: Violet Du Feng, Qing Zhao(co-director) | 2022 | China | N/C 15 | 1h 30m
Followed by a Q+A with Director Violet Du Feng
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