CAM Zhu Rikun, Wang Wo
ED Xu Xin
PROD CO Huangniutian Film Group / Fanhall Films
Zhu Rikun’s sharply designed, formally innovative documentary is completely in Woeser’s own voice: Zhu alternates formally photographed scenes of Woeser reading excerpts from her secret government “dossier” (which she has somehow gained access to) with scenes of her speaking in her own soft but powerful, eloquent, passionate voice. In the film’s second half, Zhu breathtakingly changes register: the film moves from inside Woeser’s house to her voyage by car back to Tibet, tailed by security agents.
Woeser’s moving account of her political awakening and current activism makes for a powerful document of a Tibetan woman finding her voice and insisting on her freedom to use it.