Denise NewmanKeenan Arrison
Xiao Yun, a 16-year-old girl living in small riverside town in early 1980s China, discovers she is pregnant. The local community is stunned, her family loses face and she and her boyfriend are expelled from school. In the aftermath, she gives birth and is forced to put the child up for adoption. Ten years later, her relationship with her family strained and ostracized by the town, she is reduced to working as a singer in a local song-and-dance troupe. Her only real companion is Xiao Yong, a fiercely affectionate boy who protects her from the critical eyes of the community?until a marriage proposal tests the limits of their friendship, and the shadow of her unresolved past. DAM STREET (HONG YAN) is presented in Mandarin with English subtitles. This film is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection, presented by the Global Film Initiative.