Happily Ever After
Cast｜Ke Le, Shan Shan, Jing Jing, Xiao Xiong
Cinematographer｜Yuan Yuan, He Xiaopei
Production Company｜PINK SPACE
Happily Ever After( 2019, 37 minutes). Six years after they married gay men, we revisited the same four lesbian women in Shenyang, Northeastern China. We learn how they have created their families with their same sex partners, gay husbands, children, their own parents as well as parents in laws. These innovative and intentional family formations invite the viewer to reflect upon mainstream ideas of what makes a family.
Dr. He Xiaopei, independent film maker. Hills trained Xiaopei to be a shepherd and the Himalayas turned her into a mountaineer. A government job made her an economist while the women’s movement converted her into a feminist. Participating in lesbian organizing in China helped Xiaopei realize that people with disabilities, HIV positive women, sex workers and lesbians married to gay men are particularly oppressed and that their voices are mostly silenced. In 2007, she co-founded ‘Pink Space’, a NGO working with people who are marginalized due to their gender and sexuality. They use photos and films to enable people to tell their life stories, to gain power and to represent their desires and experiences.
Record women’s desires and sexualities is my intention, because mainstream media often disregard and neglect women’s voices, experiences and desires; while women too often unconsciously overlook their own desires, ideas and life experience. Films could help women to elaborate their desires and evaluate their desires and experiences. By record life stories of women, and other discriminated groups, i.e. sex workers, people with disabilities, people who are discriminated due to their sexualities, people with HIV, I wish to express oppressed desires.