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The Mosuo Sisters

Time: May 6, 2013 from 12:30pm to 2pm
Location: VIFF's Vancity Theatre
Street: 1181 Seymour Street
City/Town: Vancouver
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Event Neighbourhood and Type: documentary, film
Organized By: DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Latest Activity: May 6, 2013

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The Mosuo people in China make up one of the last matriarchal societies in the world. Juma (25) and Latso (22) are sisters from a remote Mosuo village tucked away in the foothills of the Himalayas. The film follows the sisters as they navigate their way through two parallel worlds: China’s changing economy and Mosuo tradition. When the sisters move to Beijing, to take jobs in the entertainment industry, their understanding of the world undergoes a profound shock. As one sister says, “I felt like a tiny grain of sand.” The scale of the city is like nothing they have seen before. Even the idea of apartment dwelling confounds the sisters. When they first arrive they think that each skyscraper tower is a single dwelling, only to discover the homes are divided up like an enormous beehive. Just as they’re settling in, the economic downturn of 2009 forces Juma and Latso to postpone their dreams of higher education and modern jobs, and return to their village.

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