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Mulberry Child

Rated NR 85 minutes 2011

In Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China, Jian Ping wrote about the pain and privation her family suffered in the late 60s during Mao's Cultural Revolution: her father was denounced as a traitor, publicly humiliated, and imprisoned for years as his wife and children were evicted from their home and forced into a hovel. Shortly after the memoir was completed in 2008, Jian traveled from Chicago, where she now lives, to Beijing, where her dying father eagerly awaited the Summer Olympics, and brought along her thoroughly Americanized daughter, Lisa, as well as a film crew headed by documentary maker Susan Morgan Cooper. The screen version of Jian's life story is moving to say the least, and the present-tense frame adds a striking cultural perspective in the form of her daughter, whose resentment of her tiger mother begins to soften as she grasps the hardship their family endured.

Film Credits

Director: Susan Cooper

Producer: Susan Cooper, Hersch Klaff, Ellis Goodman and Ofir Kedar

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