Wen Hui

Film Screening and Discussion with Artists: No Rule is Our Rule

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at 7:30pm
Powell Family Cinema, The Jeanine Basinger Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut


A screening of the documentary film No Rule is Our Rule (2023, 76 minutes, China/United States) will be followed by a discussion with the directors and producers, Visiting Artist in Residence in the Dance Department Eiko Otake and Wen Hui.

This is a story of friendship between two independent female artists and the body memories each willingly carry. In January 2020, New York-based interdisciplinary performing artist Eiko Otake arrived in Beijing to visit Wen Hui, a Chinese choreographer and filmmaker. Eight years apart in age, Eiko Otake grew up in postwar Japan, and Wen Hui in China during the Cultural Revolution. No Rule is Our Rule was selected for the Munich New Wave Film Festival and won "Best Feature Documentary" at the Japan International Film Festival last year.

The film was edited by Yiru Chen, Eiko Otake, and Wen Hui.

Co-sponsored by Wesleyan University’s Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the Center for the Arts, the College of Film and the Moving Image, the College of East Asian Studies, the Dance Department, the Fries Center for Global Studies, and the Office of International Student Affairs. Wen Hui’s travel to the United States was supported in part by the Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation.

Image: Video still 3, Stone Forest National Park, January 23, 2020.