Hidden Letters

China, 88m, DCP

Showtimes & Tickets

Screened December 9–15, 2022

Spanning between past and present, from sunken rice fields and rural villages to bustling metropolitan cities, Hidden Letters follows two millennial Chinese women who are connected by their fascination with Nushu, a secret language used between women historically forbidden to read or write, and their desire to protect its legacy. In Jiangyong, Hu Xin works as a Nushu museum guide and aspires to master the ancient script following the breakup of her marriage. In Shanghai, Simu is passionate about music and Nushu, but marital expectations threaten to end her pursuit of both. Influenced by Nushu’s legacy of female solidarity, the two women struggle to find balance as they forge their own paths in a patriarchal culture steeped in female subservience to men. A Cargo Film & Releasing release

In Chinese with English subtitles

Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival

A film by Violet Du Feng Qing Zhao