‘All About My Sisters’ Review: Family Matters

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Oftentimes, you can forget that what you’re seeing is filtered through the camera, in Chinese filmmaker Wang Qiong’s documentary portrait of his family in “All About My Sisters.” Over seven years, Wang filmed her parents, siblings, and relatives from the emotional depths of their lives, capturing moments of piercing, private intimacy. His approach strikes a film with the kind of family animosity that usually only emerges behind closed doors.

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Wang Qiang’s debut film traces the tragic effects of China’s one-child policy on her family.

This bitterness is much to warrant, starting with the fact that Wang’s younger sister, Zhou Jin, was abandoned as a newborn before being retrieved and then given to an uncle to raise. That was in the 1990s when the combination of China’s one-child policy and a broader cultural preference for sons had tragic consequences. As we learn throughout the film’s epic (yet impressively fast-paced) three-hour arc, Jin is just one of many tales of abandoned babies, gender-selective abortion, and female feticide that play out in Wang’s family history. bothers.

Wang is neither a static observer nor a formal interviewer, but is an active participant in the scenes she captures, often intervening gently from behind her hand-held camera. “Have you ever thought that induced abortion is terrible for baby girls?” She asks her older sister, Wang Li, whose husband is desperate for a male heir. Lee’s response is simple but deep: “The world is too terrible for us. Every step is a risk.” At times, Wang’s candor can be unsettling: I thought about the ethics of his carefree portrayal of Jin, who is seen as being cruel to her child as if re-enacting her trauma. At such moments, “All About My Sisters” juxtaposes between the personal and the political, revealing that both must How much does it differ?

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