SIEF2021 15th Congress

Helsinki, Finland
19-24 June 2021

Breaking the rules? Power, participation, transgression

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Convenors: Anna Lisa Ramella (University of Cologne), Roger Norum (University of Oulu)

Audio/Visual Programme Selection Committee: Peter Crawford (University of Tromsø), Tom Dubois (University of Wisconsin Madison), Lotta Petronella (Independent filmmaker), Itsushi Kawase (National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka), Steffen Köhn (Freie Universität Berlin), Andy Lawrence (University of Manchester and, Fabian Lüke (University of Cologne), Moira Marklewitz (University of Cologne), Martin Saxer (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich), Anna-Céline Schäfer (University of Cologne), Theo Zerries (University of Cologne)

SESSION: Mediating Empowerment

Tuesday 22 June
Roundtable discussion on this topic: 16:15-18:00

Goodbye Areca Flower, Goodbye

2020 | 16’ | Hong Kong
Hong Zeng

The essay film Goodbye Areca Flower, Goodbye weaves together the author's rumination about a woman’s story. Born in 1926 in south China, Zhuang Jianying moved to Malaya with her parents when she was four-months-old. Being a member of the Communist Party of Malaya, Zhuang went through four jails by four different states in her life ­­– the Imperial Japanese Army, British Malaya, Republic of China, and the People’s Republic of China. Failing to trace her mentality in historical narrative, the author resorts to the history of Chinese film and the British archive for the reference of women heroes/outlaws, only to find out the mechanism behind such representation. The film thus discusses women’s relationship to the nation and unpacks the biopolitics that entangles an individual’s life with the turbulent history of the 20th century.

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