See How They Live

At work, Xiaofen, a legal secretary, begins to view herself through the sordid lives of her employer’s clients. In her personal life, Xiaofen’s fears and anxieties are compounded by her relationships with her estranged father; her matchmaking mother; and her boyfriend, a compulsive gambler and magnet for trouble who was recently released from prison. In the award-winning 2006 film The Other Half (Sichuan dialect with English subtitles), director Liang Ying employs a dual narrative to comment on the second-class status of women in modern-day industrial China, throwing in an airborne toxic event to ratchet up the fear factor. Screening at 2 p.m. at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (4420 Warwick Boulevard, 816-753-5784), The Other Half continues the museum’s free Sunday Cinema Series, which explores contemporary China through narrative and documentary films, and includes post-screening discussions led by guest experts. For more information, see— Brent Shepherd

Sun., Dec. 12, 2 p.m., 2010