2022 // 145 MINS

Pairing the 'timeless' desert  dystopia of Mad Max, with the social drama of Nomadland, Under The Burning Sun Follows one young woman, Mowanza, as she fights to find an abortion in a land where they are outlawed. When she hears of a nearby land with a lenient policy on abortion, Mowanza -- with only her water bottle and beat-up car for company sets out on a journey to find herself again.

DIRECTOR/WRITER

YUN XIE

PRODUCE BY

AARON YU

JERA WANG

NOTE

Under The Burning Sun began with an intimate moment between me and my mother. While she was being treated for late-stage Alzheimer's, I sat at her beside and noticed a scar -- long and deep along her stomach -- a scar left by a hysterectomy (the surgical removal the uterus, 'the womb'). I remembered the day after her surgery, she asked me: "Am I still a woman?"

 

Everything was quiet. I didn't have an answer.
Ten years later, I still don't have one.
Under The Burning Sun asks the same questions and more:
"What does it mean to be a woman?"
"What does it mean to not have a choice?"

I hope that, through this story, its world, and its protagonist,
we can move closer to answers to questions like these.

2020//DOC-SERIES

WHY WE DANCE

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

BO GAO

PRODUCER

AARON LINJUN YU

JERA WANG

DIRECTOR

YUN XIE

Official Selection, St. Louis International Film Festival

Official Selection, American Documentary Film Festival

REWARDS

Why We Dance uncovers the hidden street dancing culture present in numerous countries and ethnicities from around the world. Often living outside of the mainstream and rejected by the forces of conformity, it tells the dancers’ stories and common struggles for acceptance. By dancing, they attempt to communicate with the world while exploring the meaning of life.

STORY

WHY WE DANCE (2020)

Why We Dance uncovers the hidden street dancing culture present in numerous countries and ethnicities from around the world. Often living outside of the mainstream and rejected by the forces of conformity, it tells the dancers’ stories and common struggles for acceptance. By dancing, they attempt to communicate with the world while exploring the meaning of life.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

BO GAO

PRODUCER

AARON YU

JERA WANG

DIRECTOR

YUN XIE

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