Wang’s film allows the public activist to be privately human, showing Ye at home with her lively daughter, sharing moments of friendship with other women activists or clearing brush and describing the hard rural lives of her family. By the final moments, Wang is alone, surrounded by men threatening to smash her handheld camera. Wang shot this film largely solo. If they smash her lens, there’s nothing for us to see. Silence is death, and she insists on living.
July 20, 2016