The Two Lives of Li Ermao

(The Two Lives of Li Ermao)

The time-lapse story of the life of trans woman Ermao is a portrait of a person longing for love and acceptance, whose life is full of harsh twists and turns in the urban and rural environment of contemporary China.

The filmmaker Jia Yuchuan has captured a raw portrait of the life of trans woman Ermao, whose fate he has followed for nearly two decades. He introduces her as a distinctive member of the LGBT community in Shenzhen, South China. He accompanies her to her birthplace, where she tries to live a new life, but hints at the simple mentality of the village's inhabitants. Jia witnesses her life escapades, capturing fleeting moments of happiness, true love and hard falls to the bottom, full of internal struggles, despair, poverty and alcohol. The film is an extraordinarily powerful story about the miserable journey of a person seeking her place in the world and the simple human desire to be accepted.

Czech premiere

About the film

Director: Jia Yuchuan
China, UK
2019 | 87 min.

Language: Mandarin (Chinese)

Subtitles: Czech, English

Director

Jia Yuchuan

Filmography
2019 - The Two Lives of Li Ermao

Jia  Yuchuan

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