In 1834, a 14-year-old girl is brought to the United States from Guangzhou Province. Allegedly the first Chinese woman to set foot in the U.S., she is put on display for the American public and billed as “The Chinese Lady.” For over 45 years, she is toured around the US as a sideshow act, accompanied by Atung, her assistant and closest acquaintance. Lloyd Suh’s piercing tale, based on the true story of Afong Moy, examines the ways in which one woman’s life is impacted by exploitation and the white gaze and explores the mystery surrounding Moy’s later years.
Directed by Seema Sueko
Featuring Narea Kang and Sky Smith