Paris, Ni Hao | 2017 | Texas Premiere
Directed by Sharon Deng
Tue Jun 5 | 7 PM
Paris, Ni Hao is a 40-minute documentary film produced by Sharon Deng. Filmed in French and Chinese with English subtitles, the film reveals the resilience of the Chinese community in Paris. But it also underscores the universal complications of arriving without friends or family or even legal status in a distant and unfamiliar place. Like many of those it follows, the film looks ahead, documenting the rise of a new generation identifying with two cultures, speaking two languages, and coming to terms with their heritage while demanding acceptance and the right to pursue a better life.
Language English, Chinese (Cantonese)
Genre Documentary Short
Zixuan (Sharon) Deng grew up in Wuhan, China, and it was in Wuhan, aptly and poetically named the "furnace city" because of the scorching summer heat, that Sharon began her explorations in storytelling. At the age of 13, she started the three-year process of writing her novel, Breathe, which was published by Jiuzhou when she was 16. Her first film "From My Shop Window" follows a self-made businessman in Trenton and tells the story of Trentonians working together to bring the city back to life. Sharon graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University and is currently pursuing a Master of Architecture degree at Harvard University, focusing on how culture and immigration are transforming the urban landscape. She is grateful to her professor Purcell Carson, the Martin A. Dale '53 Summer Award, and her family for sparking and supporting her love of film.