Garden in Heaven天堂花园, 2005
Directed by Ai Xiaoming艾晓明and Hu Jie胡杰
Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles, 200 min.
Garden in Heaven is the name of a memorial website for the date rape and murder victim Huang Jing. When Huang was found dead, she was naked and had wounds on her body, but the coroner declared illness as the cause of her death. Huang’s mother had her body undergo five autopsies and six inquests. The results of each were different. This film documents a mother’s mourning as well as her anger toward and resistance against sexual violence in a society that denies legal recourse for such crimes.
Part of the film festival “Turn It On: China on Film, 2000–2017” cocurated by Ai Weiwei and Wang Fen.
Film screenings are free with museum admission.
Organized by the Guggenheim Museum in conjunction with Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World. Presented in collaboration with PEN America. Support is provided by The Hayden Family Foundation.