Directed by Lillian Xuege Li
How can a woman become herself when she has been shaped and taught to sacrifice for the gaze of others? Lin (Lan Zhong) has many roles — a mother, a wife, a waitress, an immigrant. She is also a woman with a secret who finally decides to quietly rebel.
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Lillian Xuege Li is a Chinese filmmaker living in New York. She graduated with a BFA degree in Graphic Design from Pratt Institute and a MA degree in Media Studies from The New School. Now working as an independent filmmaker and a freelance director, producer, editor and videographer, her mission is to create socially engaging narratives with technical virtuosity and artistic integrity to explore the topics of race, culture, gender and humanity.
“Lin” is a fiction short film that I shot during my last year of grad school. As a first-generation Chinese immigrant living in New York, I found myself in constant struggle with my identity that is shaped by my social roles as a woman, a minority, a foreigner, a subordinate and an object of gaze, as well as by my cultural upbringing that values endurance, obedience and sacrifice. There are so many women like “Lin” who struggle internally and externally and long for the courage to break free. This story is about a woman named Lin who decides to rebel against the role that she is forced into and finally becomes herself.