The Mosuo Sisters

Directed by Marlo Poras
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Two spirited daughters from China’s last remaining matrilineal ethnic minority are thrust into the worldwide economic downturn when they lose the only jobs they’ve ever known. Left with few options, Juma and Latso leave Beijing for home, a remote village in the foothills of the Himalayas. But home is no longer what it was, as growing exposure to the modern world irreparably changes the provocative traditions the Mosuo have built around their belief that marriage is an attack on the family.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The film is now completed and being screened. We’d be incredibly grateful if you’d like to donate to our fundraising campaign to help out Juma and Latso, the subjects of THE MOSUO SISTERS. Their house was ruined in an earthquake this past summer and the whole family has been living in tents ever since. We’re raising money to help them rebuild their house, and also for Latso to start a small business selling scarves at Lugu Lake. Your donations will be put to very good use and are very appreciated!

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Determined to keep their mother and siblings out of poverty, one sister sacrifices her dream of an education and stays home to farm, while the other leaves to try her luck in the city. From Lijiang to Chengdu, Jua Ma’s interactions with rich Chinese businessmen, lecherous gangsters, Tibetan monks, and fledgling pop stars lead her on a precarious path that pits her hopes and dreams against bitter realities.

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Marlo Poras
began her film career as an apprentice to Thelma Schoonmaker at Martin Scorcese’s Cappa productions and worked in the editing room on independent features. Later, she was living in Vietnam, producing HIV/AIDS education films when she was inspired to make Mai’s America, her first film. Mai’s America aired on P.O.V. to much critical acclaim, winning numerous awards, including Best Feature Documentary from the IDA. Marlo’s next film, Run Granny Run, traveled to dozens of festivals and aired on HBO. Marlo is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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