Videos by Angus Macqueen, program two | Chicago Reader

Videos by Angus Macqueen, program two

In Cry for Argentina (2002, 57 min., in Spanish with subtitles), the British documentarian locates the bleak humor and bitter sadness of Argentina's recent fiscal crisis and social tumult, as two young women appearing on a reality program called Human Resources compete for a job as an assistant sales clerk. Unfortunately it lacks any wider historical analysis or social context. More successful is What She Wants (2003, 50 min., in Mandarin with subtitles), which considers the shifting gender roles and social independence of contemporary Chinese women. Macqueen alternates between a financially successful divorced woman, a bride who's about to participate in a mass wedding ceremony, and a beautiful, sexually independent young woman, showing great directness and maturity.

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