VFF Guest Review – Victoria City Council’s Marianne Alto

■ The Fall of Womenland ★★★ ½ — This is a moving story of cultural assimilation, and the decline of the Mosuo people, a matriarchal women-led society in south-west China. All Mosuo stay with their mothers from birth throughout their lives; taking on their mother’s surnames, remaining in their maternal home even after finding

True dance of Mosuo perverted by West

■ The Fall of Womenland ★★★ ½ — This is a moving story of cultural assimilation, and the decline of the Mosuo people, a matriarchal women-led society in south-west China. All Mosuo stay with their mothers from birth throughout their lives; taking on their mother’s surnames, remaining in their maternal home even after finding

a mate.

As a symbol of Mosuos’ independence, the film focuses on one particular tradition, the “walking marriage.” Mosuo celebrate a walking marriage with an individual they love. The man visits the woman’s home overnight, but continues to live in his maternal home. Both partners have sexual relations with others while in their walking marriage. The rest of China sees this sexual freedom for men and women as a form of sex without connection, love or responsibility, believing sex to be the foundation of the Mosuo culture. We learn from the film that it is none of these things.

The film portrays how, even with strong and varied traditions, Mosuos’ understanding and practice of their culture is being eroded by Han-dominated (and ultimately Western) culture, and a tourist industry bent on perceiving and perverting the matriarchal social structure into a culture focused only on sexual promiscuity. It demonstrates how youth within a minority culture may themselves lose a fundamental understanding of their own roots, and take on, not just the traditions of the majority, but the majority’s perspective of their own traditions.

It is a compelling tale of intolerance and misunderstanding, and the harm done by majority cultures on the minorities living among us.

• 9:45pm Tues., Feb. 8 at Cap 6

Just Posted

World of electronic musical wonders await at long weekend festival

Wonderment ambient/downtempo music festival slips into bridge plaza, Banfield Park Aug. 3-4

Solid foundation key to Charles Porlier’s longevity as a TV/film makeup artist

Learn to KRE8 from experts in the world of makeup, voice acting, animation and more, Aug. 9-18

A passing of the torch for Victoria’s rock music history archives

Royal City Music Project co-founder Glenn Parfitt wants valuable cultural material preserved

MOVIE MONDAY: Get your food film fix and more this summer

Inspiring documentary Six Primrose shows tonight at 6:30, followed by food security discussion

Crash Test Dummies bring their musical storytelling to Sidney in August

25th anniversary of God Shuffled His Feet celebrated with two concerts at Mary Winspear Centre

VIDEO: Reports say Lashana Lynch is the new 007

Daniel Craig will reprise his role as Bond one last time

Fashionable ode to the sea goes Friday at Fort Common

Local sustainable fashion retailers to strut their latest as part of ocean conservation fundraiser

Brentwood Bay brings $5 concerts every Wednesday evening

Variety of music on offer: picnics, good vibes and family friendly

Schitt’s Creek and its stars among Canadians with Emmy nominations

Co-creator Eugene Levy thought they had chance for one nomination, ‘then they kept rolling in’

Most Read