The Siberian Butterfly | 西伯利亚蝶

The Siberian Butterfly | 西伯利亚蝶

"The Siberian Butterfly" is a documentary that explores issues of creativity and sexual identity in an intimate portrait of a Chinese folk artist. He learned the traditional Chinese art of paper-cutting from his mother in his birthplace of Shaanxi Province, China. But as a child of China’s Cultural Revolution, his homosexuality was deeply repressed by social convention, and so he followed the path of most men of his generation and married, having children. Still, he found an outlet for his true identity through the themes in his artwork.
In this richly woven exploration of the creative process, the artist`s inner world is revealed as he patiently carves out space for his true identity through his paper cuts. Now that his children are grown and he has moved to Beijing, he discovers who he really was all along, calling himself The Siberian Butterfly.

西伯利亚蝶是一部以中国民间艺术家为视角来探索创意和性认知的纪录片。在他的出生地陕西,主人公从他的妈妈那里学习了剪纸这项传统的中国艺术。但是,作为一个成长在中国文化大革命时期的孩子,主人公的同性恋倾向深深地被社会的传统观念压抑着。像大部分同时代的男性一样,主人公最终也结婚生子。尽管如此,他通过各式各样的剪纸来宣泄并表达他被压抑的身份。通过在剪纸艺术中精心的探索,主人公将他真实的内心世界在纸张上表达了出来。现在,他的孩子都已经长大成人而他也来到了北京。主人公称自己为“西亚蝶”,象征着他终于认识到一直以来被压抑的真实的自己。

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The Siberian Butterfly | 西伯利亚蝶
  • The Siberian Butterfly | 西伯利亚蝶

    The Siberian Butterfly is a documentary that explores issues of creativity and sexual identity in an intimate portrait of a Chinese folk artist. He learned the traditional Chinese art of paper-cutting from his mother in his birthplace of Shaanxi Province, China.

    But as a child of China’s Cultu...