Visitors of the night

Format
DV
Color
col. and b&w
Duration
00:34:00
Language
Chinese, French, English
Subtitles
French, English
Authors
Didier Volckaert and An van. Dienderen
Image and editing
Didier Volckaert
Produced by
Sophimages, desire productions and TouMouv asbl.
Distribution
Women Make Movies, New York.
Contact
contact@anvandienderen.net
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The failures of the ethnographic endeavor to discover “reality” are revealed in this expository and experimental film. The narrator-ethnographer embarks on an expedition to encounter the Mosuo, an isolated and matrilinear tribe in the mountains of South West China. Their society is built on the principle of the axia-relationship, ties between ‘visitors of the night.’ This means that a man only stays in his wife’s house at night and during the day he works for the benefit of his grandmother. Since men and women do not have economical obligations, their unique, polyandric relationships are based on love only. Recently due to funding by the Han government, The Lugu region has turned into a major touristic area, where tradition and modernity clash — particularly when the polyandry of the Mosuo is seen as prostitution by outsiders. Van Dienderen, a visual anthropologist, playfully reveals the distance between textual knowledge and the experience of a cinematographic journey in a thoughtful and fascinating documentary. (Source: WomenMakeMovies, NY)

AWARDS


1999
– GNT Channel television Prize for Language Renewal- Brazilië
– Margaret Mead Film en video festival Award

SCREENINGS


2016
2011
– 10/09 – 20/11/2011 Netwerk, center for contemporary arts Aalst (BE) in the expo 'Poetics of Observation, SIC'
2008
– Elles tournent!’ Festival Brussels (BE)
– B-docs, Luik (BE)
– Extrapool Nijmegen (NL)
2007
– Documentary reframed, Paved Arts, Saskatoon (curator Maureen Latta) (CA)
2001
– Cinema Nova Brussels (BE)
2000
– S.M.A.K. Museum of Contemporary Art Gent (BE)
– Rio de Janeiro Brasilia (BR)
– Albion College (US)
– Marlboro College (US)
– Donell Public Library NY (US)
1999
– Margaret Mead festival, New York (US)
– Pacific Film Archive Berkeley (US)
– Belluard Festival Fribourg Switzerland (CH)
– Filmplateau, Gent (BE)
– Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE)
– Viewpoint, Gent (BE)
– Limelight, Kortrijk (BE)