STONEWALLING – Review by Nadine Whitney

Writer/director Huang Ji and cinematographer Ryûji Otsuka’s Stonewalling forms part of a loose trilogy of narratives that investigates contemporary China’s social and cultural mores under ‘gig’ capitalism. Centered on a young women’s struggle for independence, it’s a slow-burn that’s rich in metaphor but gets to the point: Can people attain autonomy in capitalist China? Does the gig economy allow their success? What chances do women have to escape patriarchal strictures of a society that was supposed to be built on equality — but is not.

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