Hidden Letters


Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Fri, Jan 6, 2023 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Sun, Jan 8, 2023 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Mon, Jan 9, 2023 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Tue, Jan 10, 2023 6:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Wed, Jan 11, 2023 6:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Thu, Jan 12, 2023 6:30 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2022
Run Time:89 minutes
Production Country:China
Original Language:Mandarin
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Violet Du Feng
Qing Zhao


Women in China were historically forced into oppressive marriages and forbidden to read or write by their households for thousands of years. To cope, they developed and shared a secret language among themselves called Nushu. Written in poems or songs with bamboo pens on paper-folded fans and handkerchiefs, these hidden letters bonded generations of Chinese women in a clandestine support system of sisterhood, hope and survival.

Spanning between past and present, from sunken rice fields and rural villages to bustling metropolitan cities, “Hidden Letters” follows two millennial Chinese women who are connected by their fascination with Nushu and their desire to protect its legacy.

In Jiangyong, Hu Xin works as a Nushu museum guide and aspires to master the ancient script following the breakup of her marriage. In Shanghai, Simu is passionate about music and Nushu, but marital expectations threaten to end her pursuit of both.

Influenced by Nushu’s legacy of female solidarity, the two women struggle to find balance as they forge their own paths in a patriarchal culture steeped in female subservience to men.