Courtesy of Shiho Fukada

Screening & Live Event
The Mosuo Sisters

Part of Rural Route Film Festival
Sunday, August 4, 2013, 2:00 p.m.

With director Marlo Poras in person

With local food provided by William Hallet from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., and live music performances by Vlada Tomova's Bulgarian Voices Trio (Bulgarian and Russian folk harmonies) at 1:00–1:45 p.m. and 4:00–4:45 p.m. in the Museum's courtyard

China. Dir. Marlo Poras. 2012, 80 mins. Juma and Latso are thrust into the worldwide economic downturn when they lose their jobs in Beijing. Left with few options, they leave for home, a remote village in the foothills of the Himalayas. Determined to keep their mother and siblings out of poverty, Latso sacrifices her dream of an education and stays home to farm, while Juma leaves again to try her luck in Lijiang and Chengdu. Ultimately, though, it’s the sisters’ relationship with one another that hangs in the balance, in this riveting documentary, as they struggle to navigate the vast cultural and economic divides of contemporary China.

Preceded by:
Felt, Feelings and Dreams 
With director Andrea Odezynska in person
Dir. Andrea Odezynska. 2013, 30 mins. This documentary follows a small group of Kyrgyz women who pull themselves from crushing poverty by making shyrdaks (beautiful rugs composed of felt). Odezynska’s film is a vivid snapshot of Kyrgyz culture.

Dir. Clea Roberts.2013, 2 mins. Two women go for a walk together in the woods, often termed “forest bathing” in Zen Buddhism.

Free with Museum admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Museum members may reserve tickets in advance by calling 718 777 6800. For more information about becoming a Museum member and to join online, please click here.

Trailer for The Mosuo Sisters
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Review by Variety, February 7, 2013