UK. 2015. English.
Date: 18th June 2017. Time: 1500-1530. Venue: KLT@SOAS
Zoe understands the power women have over men. She says, “I’ve become this exotic Asian woman – a fragile creature, which big Western men want to protect.” Scent of an Orchid is a documentary portrait of transgender Chinese actor Zoe and is an exploration of gender, race and sexuality.
Zoe understands the power women have over men, she says, “I’ve become this exotic Asian woman – a fragile creature, which big Western men want to protect.” Scent of an Orchid, is a documentary portrait of transgender Chinese actor Zoe and is an exploration of gender, race and sexuality.
Using segments of Zoe’s autobiographical play, the film untangles the interconnections of East Asian life in the Diaspora and the arts, challenging exotification and imperialism, Tran misogyny, gender and sexual fluidity, racism and femininity. The performance pieces echo the experience of a transgendered person, who Zoe says often live a twilight existence. The orchid is also a metaphor for how Asian women are seen to be exotic, beautiful and desirable in the West.
Movie Screening will be followed by Q&A with Director Rosa Fong
About Rosa Fong
Rosa Fong is an award winning writer and director. Her films have won awards from the British Film Institute and Arts Council of England and she has directed programmes for both the BBC and Channel 4.
Michael Brook in British Film Institute’s Screen said, “Rosa Fong’s short film (Red) was and remains one of the very few British films to examine a British-Chinese culture clash on a level other than a comedic one.”
Her Directing credits include, Linear Rhythm, an arts documentary for the Arts Council of Britain, which was shown at Oakland Film Festival in the USA. China’s New Art, a video financed by the Baring Foundation and shot in main land China: The documentary looked at contemporary fine art in China at a time when contemporary art was still a politically sensitive issue.
Tian, a one-minute poetic video was made for BBC 2, The Late show, and was screened at festivals in Brazil and the ICA in London. Her first fictional film A Dream of Venus Butterfly, was commissioned by Channel 4 and the Arts Council and screened both on TV and at many international film festivals.
Red, was financed by the British Film Institute and was selected for the audience prize at the European First Film Festival.
Chinese for Beginners, made for Channel 4 and Forrest Whittaker’s UK Production Company Spirit Dance, was a series of four 3-minute videos and was a tongue-in-cheek take on Chinese philosophy.
Water Wings, financed by North West Vision and the UK Film Council is a hard-hitting short film about childhood trauma and a child that kills.
More recently she directed an experimental performance video Council House Movie Star, with dance maker Mark Edward, which premiered at Homotopia LBGT Festival (2013).
She is credited as Associate Producer on Cut Sleeve Boys (2006) and Front Cover, which screened at Seattle Film Festival 2015. Both films were written and directed by Ray Yeung and represented by Fortissimo Films.