1. Lotus VOD

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    from DeepFocus Productions, Inc. / Added

    "LOTUS is a beautiful, well-acted film about a mother who must decide whether her little girl's life will be led by a respected woman who enforces tradition, or a rebellious woman who offers freedom. This story is not only a fascinating truth about the past in China, it is a story about our choices today." –Gloria Steinem For more than thirty centuries, women in China were maimed and crippled in the name of beauty and obedience. The custom was called "footbinding," and the fight against it triggered one of the biggest, most overlooked struggle for human rights in history. LOTUS is a half-hour narrative film set in this turmoil. The place is rural 1914 China and the film focuses on Lotus, a traditional woman with bound feet who must decide whether or not to bind her daughter Joy's feet. Her strict, but loving Mother-in-law insists that Joy's feet be bound in order to guarantee her a secure future. Lotus, for the first time in her life does not blindly obey. She is further influenced by her good friend, Coral, a colorful performer with a traveling Cantonese opera troupe who openly challenges the outlawed custom. In the end, Lotus makes a decision which will change her daughter's life forever. Starring as the beautiful Lotus, and also composing the soundtrack is Private Music recording artist, Lucia Hwong. Hwong appeared in and scored the Tony-Awarding winning Broadway production of "M. Butterfly." Playing the role of Mother-in-law is veteran actress, Lisa Lu, real-life mother of Hwong. Lu is the winner of three Chinese Oscars and starred in "Joy Luck Club" as one of three mothers and played the Empress Dowager in the "The Last Emperor." LOTUS was shot in vivid 35mm film on location in the remote village of Luk Keng, a mile under the China border in Hong Kong. Directing this independent production was Peabody Award winner and Oscar® nominated filmmaker, Arthur Dong. The American Film Institute funded film was produced by Dong and Rebecca Soladay who also wrote the screenplay. Visit the film's web page: http://deepfocusproductions.com/lotus.php

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    • Feet The Documentary Short

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      from Silverkey / Added

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      This short documentary explores all attitudes toward feet, from fetish to phobia; in an emotional, scientific and historical way. Please be aware that some content and imagery might make you squeamish. It will definitely make you look at your feet in a different way.

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      • Chinese Foot Binding (Kinsey Institute interview)

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        from Debby Herbenick / Added

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        Catherine Johnson-Roehr, Curator of Art, Artifacts and Photographs at The Kinsey Institute, teaches us about Chinese foot binding practices in an interview by Debby Herbenick. A Chinese painting and women's shoes, all of which are part of the Institute's collections, are used to illustrate aspects of the practice. To learn more about The Kinsey Institute's art collections, visit www.KinseyInstitute.org (Brought to you by MySexProfessor.com)

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        • Piercings & Tattoos

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          • Circumcision As a Cultural Identity

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            To learn more about ancient cultures and their traditions these pages by clicking on the links down below. alreadythere.hubpages.com//_signup2hubpviavi/hub/Painfully-beautiful A Brief History of Body Modification http://obsidiandrift.hubpages.com/_signup2hubpviavi/hub/historyofbodymod

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            • Trailer: Last Golden Lotus - the secret of chinese foot binding

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              from shirley's temple / Added

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              On the footsteps of a cosmopolitan city dweller who takes us from her native modern and thriving Shanghai in search of one of the last great mysteries of her childhood: the fabled “Golden Lotus” - the women with bound feet. Following the red thread of her research journey, we plunge into the distant past of classical China to find the four last surviving “Golden Lotus” – the last testimonials of a quintessential ideal of beauty practiced by over 2 billion women for nearly 1000 years in the Middle Kingdom. A film from a Chinese perspective touching the different facets and tensions between modernity and tradition, erotic and nuptial ideals and the role of women in society. Stemming from a personal quest, it unveils a well-concealed and disappearing cultural phenomenon and it ends with a touching accident… A profoundly humane and respectful approach to the truth behind one of China’s last great secrets: Lotus feet!

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              • China's Lovesick Maidens

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                Author Lisa See introduces PEONY IN LOVE, a story about three 17th-century Chinese women whose lives were transformed by a famous opera, and whose writings survive to this day.

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                • Addicted to Piercings

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                  To learn more about ancient cultures and their traditions visit my page by clicking on the link down below. alreadythere.hubpages.com//_signup2hubpviavi/hub/Painfully-beautiful

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                  • Full Body Tattoos

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                    To learn more about ancient cultures and their traditions visit my page by clicking on the link down below. http://alreadythere.hubpages.com//_signup2hubpviavi/hub/Painfully-beautiful

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