Director: Runqi Li
Cast: Peilin Liu
Producer: Runqi Li
Cinematographer: Di Wan
Genre: Short Documentary
Production Company: BIE
In March 2021, Feather and Fur Voguing Ballroom was held in Beijing. The young and inspiring queers lit up the night and expressed themselves. Among the noisy crowd, a tiny lady sat there quietly until the organizers called her name and presented her with a community service award on runway. Her name is Peilin Liu. More people call her Da XI.
The story begins as we follow Da Xi attending her first ballroom, where she takes a runway course with a group of young people, prepares her ballroom costume, and divines her romantic relationship with tarot card… On this trip to Beijing, we explore Da Xi’s sentiment of the young ballroom scene and, more importantly, how she sees herself as a transgender woman after 28 years of cross-dressing life.
导演介绍 Director Biography
Runqi Li is a bilingual director and producer based in Beijing. She earned her MA degree in Film Directing at the University of Edinburgh. Runqi’s journey to the film world started from her passion of non-fiction storytelling. She’s dedicated to bring the provocative and raw stories to the world. As a creative filmmaker, Runqi particularly focuses on female sexuality, underrepresented communities，LGBTQ and youth culture in China with global appeal.
For both independent films and commercial content, Runqi dives into every project she produces. She insists sincerity is the core of her every work.
Runqi was involved in making opening film of the 71st Edinburgh International Festival. She also directed and produced a series of content for VICE media and a global episodic series for Tencent Video. As a bilingual producer she has overseas produce experiences in the U.S., Korea, India and UK, where she worked with local fixer teams and kept projects running smoothly. For branded content and TVC, Runqi’s clients include Warner Bros., Jäegermeister, JNBY, JD and more.
Runqi’s director work JNBY Persona Liberation was nominated Best Commercial Content in 2020 HiShorts! Film Festival.
导演阐述 Director Statement
l learned of Da Xi through the fire news many years ago. Amid the rubble, a white-faced man ran toward the camera, scrambling to explain that he knew nothing about the fire. I looked at the image and felt a strange harmony in such a person standing before his burned-down house. Because of the fire, people started to call him Da XI.
Last April, my friend Alex told me that she had invited Da Xi to Beijing for the Feather and Fur Voguing Ballroom. At that moment, Da Xi’s face occurred to me. It’s hard to forget her extremely white face, with its heavy black eye shadow and untidy wig. I wondered how she would appear in the ballroom and find her place in this young LGBTQ scene. More importantly, I wanted to explore more about Da Xi besides her transgender identity.
Over the days we spent with her, she always recalled the era of Chairman Mao. She loved that era because everything seemed stable and affordable to live. I realized that there is always a gap between she and me, which provides me with a perfect place to observe her and makes everything wonderful.