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Film Screening: Hidden Letters, featuring discussion with Director Violet Feng

February 16, 2023 @ 4:30 pm 6:30 pm

Violet Du Feng, Director and Producer

A fascinating new documentary, Hidden Letters, introduces NuShu 女书, a secret women’s script developed 400 years ago in China’s Hunan Province to help peasants deal with conditions in which their feet were bound and they were confined to their chamber rooms. Following the screening, the director, Violet Du Feng, will join Mable Chan, Fairbank Center Associate in Research and founder of One in a Billion, an educational media group, in a discussion of women in China past and present.

Violet Du Feng is a documentary filmmaker and a 2018 Sundance Creative Producing Fellow. She produced DEAR MOTHER, I MEANT TO WRITE ABOUT DEATH, SINGING IN THE WILDERNESS, CONFUCIAN DREAM, MAINELAND, and PLEASE REMEMBER ME, which have won many awards including Doc Impact Hi5, Special Jury Awards at SXSW and Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Feng started her career as a co-producer on the 2007 award-winning NANKING. She is the consulting programmer of Shanghai International Film Festival. HIDDEN LETTERS is her second feature-length documentary as a director.

Mable Chan is an Associate in Research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and founder of One in a Billion, an educational media group.  She is a Hong Kong-born producer with more than 20 years with American network television and is a graduate of the Regional Studies—East Asia Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

This screening is co-sponsored by One in a Billion Productions.


February 16, 2023
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm


Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies


CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium (S010)

1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

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