Chinese entrepreneur-turned-director Zhang Wei is becoming known for naturalistic portrayals of the marginalised in China’s rapidly changing society, including “Factory Boss,” about a factory owner who desperately takes on low margin jobs from Western conglomerates to keep his business afloat, and “Destiny” (“Xi He”) the tale of an autistic boy’s struggle to get an education.
“Boss” won the best actor prize for actor Yao Anlian at the 2014 Montreal World Film Festival.
I would snuggle him and say, ‘I understand you’re frustrated but there are lots of good things about being a girl.’” Help came from Wren’s kid sister, Avy. “Avy said, ‘Mom, Wren wants me to tell you that he’s a boy,’ and my response was a bit defensive.
And then people were coming out in solidarity on Twitter, and it just made sense for me. I didn’t think the letter would have any impact at all, you know? Did you really believe that you could be happy living a heterosexual lifestyle? I just felt, you know, like I had my family and I had my life. This is how society is telling me that I need to be in order for my family to work. Were you surprised by the negative reactions to the letter? The country’s first transgender job discrimination case was widely reported earlier this month.Being transgender is still classified as a mental illness in the country.What do you think of the controversy generated by the programme?On the surface, my programme is about matchmaking; essentially it involves social issues including family education, social values, male chauvinism or feminism.