A film by Émilie Porry

DOCUMENTARY / 52' / FRANCE 5 / 2014


The Mosuo people in China live in a matriarchal society in which marriage does not exist and women share the power. One of their number, Erche Ma, lives in an isolated mountain village, cut off from the rest of the world. At the age of 12, this little corner of paradise is her entire universe.
Next fall, as tradition dictates, Erche Ma will become a woman and must stop going to school to work in the fields to help feed her family. Will she defy tradition to ensure the future she wants for herself? The risks are high, because in addition to her own future, the survival of the entire clan is at stake.


Directing : Émilie Porry, Laurent Chalet
Photography : Emilie Porry, Laurent Chalet
Editing : Florence Bon
Voice-over : Roland Timsit
Original Score : Mathieu Vanasse
Colour Grading : Paul Wattebled
Mix : Nicolas Valdez
Graphic Design : Guillaume Colas
Production : What’s Up Films
Partners :

With the participation of France 5
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