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Hidden Letters
Presented By: 
CMU Modern Languages, Heinz College DICE, CMU Sustainability Initiatives, University of Pittsburgh Frederick Honors College, and CMU Awareness of Roots in Chinese Culture, University of Pittsburgh Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Sponsored By:
Pittsburgh Chinese Cultural Center, Midwest Chinese Chamber of Commerce-Pittsburgh, Screenshot Asia, and CMU Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, University of Pittsburgh Chinese Affinity Group
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89 minutes
Mandarin with English subtitles
Violet Du Feng, Qing Zhao
For centuries in China, the once-secret written language of Nüshu (女书) was calligraphed on folded fans and handkerchiefs as hidden letters so women could share stories and express solidarity in a repressive era when many women were denied literacy. Confronting patriarchy, two modern women find solace in Nüshu, rediscovering connections between traditional Chinese womanhood and contemporary feminism. Please join us on December 7 at 7:30pm at McConomy Auditorium. The director Violet Feng will give a short Q&A talk after the screening.

Event Schedule

December 7, 2023 
Film Screening and Director Q&A

December 8, 2023 
Director Seminar and Brunch

December 9, 2023 
Nüshu (女书) Calligraphy Workshop
Join CMU IFF for a three-day long event to celebrate women and the Chinese culture that is Hidden Letters.

With special appearance by the Director, Violet Du Feng!
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Director Bio

Violet Du Feng is a documentary filmmaker and a 2018 Sundance Creative Producing Fellow. She produced Confucian Dream, Maineland, and Please Remember Me, which have won numerous awards including Doc Impact Hi5, and special jury awards at SXSW and the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Hidden Letters is her directorial debut.

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