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China, the 1990s. In villages where female babies are drowned, there are few young women to marry the men and bear more sons. Families buy wives - girls lured from the city. Bai finishes college and accepts a job in a remote mountain village harvesting herbs. It's a ruse: she's sold to a peasant family. She's indignant; the parents hold her so the son can rape her. She tries to run away; she's beaten. Other women kidnapped a few years before, now with children, tell her to comply. She continues to try to escape. She writes to her father, smuggling letters to the mailman. She obtains a bit of money. The village is without pity, except for the teacher. Can he help her? Anger mounts.Written by
BLIND MOUNTAIN (dir. Yang Li) Although set in China during the early 1990's, this drama seems completely out of sync with the modern world. A college educated young woman is lured to Northern China with the promise of a well paying job, but she actually has been sold to a village family to become the wife of their eldest son. The villagers would have let her go if she paid back the $7,000 in dowry money that they paid for her, but she has no identification or money, and they are convinced she is only trying to renege on the deal. The authorities were aware of her plight, yet took the side of the villagers. Apparently this is not an isolated incident, and the film implies that there are many such rural Chinese women in the same predicament. Although the subject matter is harrowing, the mountainous terrain where the film was shot is undeniably beautiful. Very much worth a look.
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