The Private Life of Fenfen
Blurring the boundaries between public and private and inner and outer states, the works in this program illustrate the porous and precarious nature of identity and sanity in light of the economic, physical, and psychological challenges confronted by three women. Leslie Tai’s The Private Life of Fenfen, a raw and moving film documenting three years in the life of a migrant worker, is distilled from over one hundred hours of a video diary shot by Guo Lifen (aka Fenfen). Tai combined Fenfen’s footage with scenes in which the video is played on television monitors in varied public locations. This uncanny layered presentation points to the fiscal and cultural forces that crush Fenfen’s dreams.
Grace Passô, Ricardo Alves Jr., Brazil, 2019
This film merges cinema and theater to depict the experience of an itinerant voice that has, after peregrinations through various beings and objects, occupied the body of a woman.
Thirza Cuthand, United States, 2012
A first-person reflection on blindness and mental illness accompanied by super 8mm footage occluded by overpainting.