SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

The Two Lives of Li Ermao, 2019


Date: 22 January 2020Time: 1:00 PM

Finishes: 22 January 2020Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Film Screening

The Two Lives of Li Ermao, 2019, 87 min By Jia Yuchuan

Filmed over 17 years across Southern China, the film is the intimate and heart-wrenching story of Li Ermao, a transgender migrant worker, who performs in performs in clubs looking for love and acceptance.  Living as a “ladyboy” with her boyfriend she faces repeated encounters of prejudice and aggression with equal measures of resilience and vulnerability.  The story follows many dramatic twists and surprising turns in Ermao’s

search for identity, struggle for love, and fight for survival.

Followed by a Q and A with producer Dr Kiki Tianqi Yu (QMUL)