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Li-Xia’s Salon   2152

Release date: Sun 12 Jun 2011
Running time:21 (0h21’)
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Developed and supported by the International Film Festival Rotterdam for their programme Raiding Africa, filmmaker Mthiyane goes to Songzhuang to reverse the current China-in-Africa trend – and see the East for herself. It begins in a beauty salon where her black hair is greeted with laughter and bemusement. But she befriends the owner, a part-time painter and an unlikely bond grows between the two women. This intimate little film underlines the universality of experience as much as the cultural differences, from worries about self-expression to how to prepare a hearty meal, and highlights the benefits of getting out of a comfort zone to learn more about yourself.

Genre: Documentary
Directed by: Omelga Mthiyane

Links: Nu Metro Cinemas movie page for ‘Li-Xia’s Salon’