When one of her poems is shared more than a million times on Chinese social media, Xiuhua Yu’s life changes overnight. Disabled by cerebral palsy, Yu has worked her entire life on her parents’ small rural farm, stuck in an unhappy arranged marriage. Her poetry initially serves not only as a means of exploring feelings of desire and longing, but as an escape from the drudgery of day to day life. As she gains in popularity, her poems become a gateway to fame, wealth and greater independence. We follow Yu over the course of a year on this transformative journey, at once moving and painful, towards greater artistic and personal freedom.
Canadian premiere at Hot Docs 2017