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REVIVAL 2024: Demand an Answer from History + Director Q&A

July 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

‘Demand an Answer from History’ is a documentary about the landmark case in Chinese #MeToo movement, Xianzi v. Zhu Jun. The film focuses on the experiences of #MeToo supporters outside the courts during the three hearings of this case. With a blend of live footage and narratives from supporters, it presents the case’s origins, its profound impact, and its ripple effects on society. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Xianzi, a leading figure in the Chinese feminist movement and a key participant in the #MeToo movement since 2018. Xianzi will discuss her landmark #MeToo-related lawsuit against Zhu Jun, a well-known anchor at the state-owned broadcaster CCTV, highlighting this case as one of the most high-profile within China’s #MeToo movement. The conversation will be followed by a Director Q&A, facilitated by production team assistant Holli. 


In collaboration with SOAS, University of London, ‘Queer’ Asia is renewing its film screening series for 2024, building upon the intellectual, emotional, and political energy of the 2022 ‘Queer’ Asia Film Festival: Survival.

REVIVAL 2024 asks us to imagine the possibilities of queer liberation, kinship, acts of resistance, solidarity, and desire. How do queer individuals and communities negotiate and contest the nexus of oppressive structures, Eurocentric notions of queer freedom, and discourses of exclusion? What are the queer stories and futures that can be articulated through subversive and embodied practices across the normative borders of space and time? These stories invite us to think beyond the limits of our own social and political conditioning and engage in a shared space that will proffer transgressive potential and reflexive discussion.

The screenings shall be followed by a series of discussions which aim to generate collaborative conversation and a space for expanding upon the liberatory potential brought forth by the films.

Xianzi is a prominent Chinese feminist activist and writer, recognised by FT Women in 2018 and listed among BBC 100 Women in 2022. In August 2018, Xianzi courageously shared her #MeToo experience on Weibo, marking the beginning of her enduring journey as a forefront activist in the feminist movement. Since then, she has strived to build a support network for victims in the #MeToo movement globally. Her activism and story have gained international attention, featuring in major media outlets including the BBC, The Guardian, and Reuters. Xianzi has been invited to share her experience and insights at events across prestigious universities in Hong Kong, Japan, and the United States. Additionally, she has authored several influential essays and social media posts addressing feminist issues within China.


July 28
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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