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Out of Phoenix Bridge

One of the few documentaries about contemporary China made by a woman, Li Hong's 1997 video examines the lives of four young peasant women working in Beijing, providing an unprecedented glimpse of a neglected segment of Chinese youth. The girls, roommates from the same riverside hamlet, share their hopes and frustrations, and Li records both the impoverished village they?ve left behind and the squalid matchbox apartment they occupy now. Yet few of the girls? observations are very illuminating, their stories unfold with a plodding slowness, and Li's self-important tone wavers between sentimentality and condescension.

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