Mao Mao's Litigation
A true story about a woman laborer from Hunan Province
Aired over 350 PBS Stations in the U.S. and Canada 2000-2005.
The director's approach, in our view, is an excellent example of documentary filmmaking: The social context of the burgeoning cities, in-migration, and unemployment (all urban factors familiar to American viewers) provided the backdrop for the mother's odyssey. The director and crew quietly followed her and without judging, presented her case, the father's case, and the view of the courts. The sense that they could all talk to each other, that the judge did not feel remote, but connected to the situation, that a lone, young woman without influence of any kind could walk into a sprawling city and have her case heard says many wonderful things about Chinese culture and people. The courtroom process we witness in the film is characterized by simplicity and directness. No one is intimidated; the intention is to reach resolution.
-Jack Ofield, Executive Director,Production Center for Documentary & Drama, California State University, San Diego