General info

Time: 2020.12.04, 19:00 Beijing time
Address: Sino-Swedish Innovation Centre, B1 Innovation Building A, Hangxing Science Park, Dongcheng District Beijing
ZOOM ID: 857 6050 9636,Passcode: 846320
Language: French with consecutive translation
Organizer: Baturu for Beijing + 25
Sponsor: Embassy of the Netherlands in Beijing
Partners:  Wallonia-Brussels Delegation in Beijing, China Nordic Innovation Hub



To continue the topic of film and feminism launched with a discussion about the interconnection of the representation of women in the film industry and their image on screen on Thursday, on Friday we will talk about the evolution of female image with film directors Sarah Carlot Jaber (Belgium) and Martin Laroche (Canada); the discussion will be moderated by Chinese director Li Jingxiang. The event will take place online and offline at China Nordic Innovation Hub in Beijing. The informational partner of the event is the Wallonia-Brussels Delegation in Beijing.

Over the past decades, there has been an active discussion on gender equality and patriarchal order in cinema prompted by women’s movement and academical developments including the groundbreaking article by Laura Mulvey “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” (1973). Eventually, this year saw the appearance of a book by Iris Brey “The Female Gaze”.

Mulvey builds her analysis on Hollywood cinema and associates alternative ways of looking with the emergence of avant-garde cinema as well as the change of audience and the technological breakthrough. Iris Brey connects the appearance of an empathetic gaze with a growing number of women behind the scenes; she defines that female gaze as the one that brings to light a variety of female experiences but at the same time highlights that it is about how the character is depicted and not about who stands behind the camera.

We would like to invite the panel participants to discuss the evolution of female characters’ portrayal, its relatedness to the cinematography, narrative, script and other components of the film, as well as factors the shape it.


speakers and host


Sarah Carlot Jaber (online)

Of Belgian-Lebanese origin, Sarah Carlot Jaber grew up in the Middle East developing a taste for writing, photography and cinema. She holds a degree in Film and Performing Arts from the University of Montpellier III and a master’s degree in feature film from Institut des Arts de Diffusion (2014). Her two student films “Galia” (2013) and “Un parfum de Citron” (2014), as well as her video clip Le lagon (2018), were screened at festivals (FIFF, FIPA, Un point c’est court …) and were marked by awards.

In Brussels, in 2013, she co-founded a group of feminist activists, the LilithS. In 2017, she joined a collective of Belgian directors Elles Font des Films. Recently, Sarah Carlot Jaber has completed an interuniversity master’s program in Genre Studies (Social Sciences) delivered by six universities of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.

After graduating from IAD, she participated in the production of fictional films, wrote several short films and worked for four years at RTBF (Radio Télévision Belge Francophone) as a film director in the marketing department. Now she is working on two fictional short films: “La Protagoniste and “Olga” at the same time she finalises the script for her first feature film “Promises d’Exil”, selected at Atelier Grand Nord in 2019 in Quebec.

Martin Laroche (online)

Martin Laroche is a Canadian film director and screenwriter from Quebec. He is most noted for his 2012 film “Fair Sex”, which received four Jutra Award nominations at the 16th Jutra Awards in 2014 including a nod for Laroche in the Best Screenplay category.

Originally from Victoriaville, Quebec, he is a film studies graduate of the Université du Québec à Montréal. He wrote and directed his debut feature film, “La logique du remords”, in 2007, and followed up with “Modernaire” in 2009.

Since “Fair Sex”, he has also directed the films “Tadoussac” in 2017 and “Laughter” in 2020.


Li Jingxiang (offline)

LI Jingxiang was born in 1984 in Beijing. In 2006 she graduated from the Central Academy of Drama in drama performance. She worked in the film industry for two years then decided to study filmmaking abroad. She followed courses at ESEC and University Paris 8 in France, then at University of Montreal and Concordia University in Canada, obtaining two Master’s degrees. She worked on several French and Chinese films in France and the USA. In 2015, she was part of the organization team of the 12th French Film Festival in China. In 2019, she finished her first feature film “Spring Sparrow” and won two awards: Fajr International Film Festival-Silver Simorgh for Special Jury Prize: Best Costume Design and Festival Nits de Cinéma Oriental de Vic-Jury Prize: Best Film.