In the early 1980s, Xiao Yun, a sixteen year-old girl living in small riverside town in China, discovers she is pregnant. The local community is stunned, her family loses face and she and her boyfriend are expelled from school. In the aftermath, her boyfriend leaves her, and she gives birth and is then forced to put her child up for adoption.
Ten years later, her relationship with her family strained and ostracized by residents of the town, Xiao Yunn is reduced to working as a singer in a local song and dance troupe. And her only real companion is Xiao Yong, a fiercely affectionate boy who protects her from the critical eyes of the community until a marriage proposal discovers the limits of their friendship, and the depth of her unresolved past.
“With richly shaded cinematography, three-dimensional characters, and beautiful performances, this contemporary tale creates a lyrical, affecting portrait of a proud woman determined to escape the pressures of an unchanging tradition.”
-Museum of Modern Art
“Beautiful cinematography and outstanding performances! ‘Dam Street’ is an immensely touching and captivating story of love and marginalization created with Li’s skilled, caring directorial hand. Masterful!”
-Toronto International Film Festival
‘Dam Street’ is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative.
In Mandarin with English subtitles.