When an impoverished country couple adopts a crippled young girl and puts her to work begging on city streets, a battle soon ensues over her fate.
Luo Jiang and Guihua, a poor, middle-aged couple with few prospects, decide to buy an 11-year-old girl, Xiao Ezi (aka “Little Moth”), for $140 in rural China. Xiao Ezi’s life is in peril, as she is forced to earn money for her new parents as a beggar while suffering from a blood disease that leaves her unable to walk. Her greedy adoptive father, Luo Jiang, refuses to buy her medicine, while Guihua’s growing maternal affection wracks her with guilt. After a run-in with local extortionists, the three flee into the territory of the unsavory Mr. Yang, whose one-armed boy Xiao Chun is also forced to beg. Inevitably the grownups take turns taking advantage of each other, giving the children a rare opportunity to develop a protective bond with one another.
All proceeds will go back the the filmmakers in China.
Special Guest Speaker: TBD
China (2007) Narrative, 99 minutes
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Sunday, October 30, 2011, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
The 2nd of a 2 films in partnership with dGenerate Films, we are proud to screen Peng Tao's LITTLE MOTH (Xue Chan). When an impoverished country couple adopts a crippled young girl and puts her to work begging on city streets, a battle soon ensues over her fate. Special Guest: writer & filmmaker, Maya Rudolph.
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