ANGELS WEAR WHITE
VIVIAN QU | CHINA | MANDARIN (w/ English subtitles) | 2017 | 117 MIN | NR
Director Vivian Qu’s acclaimed, beguiling drama follows two young women whose intersecting paths lead them both into a dangerous world of corruption and danger. At a seedy love motel, two young schoolgirls are assaulted by a high-ranking government official. The only potential witness to the crime is undocumented hotel cleaner Mia (Wen Qi), who must decide whether to keep quiet or share what she knows. Meanwhile, one of the schoolgirls—12-year-old Xiaowen (Zhou Meijun)—weathers her community’s less than sympathetic response to victims of abuse. Moodily atmospheric yet clear-sighted in its depiction of exploitation, Angels Wear White is both a striking work of art and a powerful call for social justice.
Cast: Wen Qi, Zhou Meijun, Shi Ke, Geng Le
Post-screening discussion with Patricia White, the Eugene Lang Research Professor of Film and Media Studies at Swarthmore College. Patricia is an interdisciplinary scholar, teacher, and advocate for feminist film.
“Savage, subtle and precision-tooled.” -British Film Institute