June 23, 3:00 PM – Double Feature
CHINA’S LOST GIRLS
National Geographic Society (USA: 2004), 43 min. National
Geographic Ultimate Explorer host Lisa Ling examines the consequences of
China's two-decades-old ''one-child policy,'' designed to curb the
country's exploding population. Due to cultural, social, and economic
factors, traditional preference leans toward boys, so girls are often
hidden, aborted, or abandoned. As a result, tens of thousands of girls
end up in orphanages across China. Today, more than one quarter of all
babies adopted from abroad come from China—and nearly all are girls.
Ling joins families as they travel to China to meet their new daughters
for the first time. Along this emotional journey, she shares in the joy
of these growing families and also witnesses firsthand China's gender
gap, its roots, and its possible repercussions.
CHINA’S SECRET MUMMIES
National Geographic Society (USA: 2007), 52 min. In a remote
Chinese desert, archaeologists have unearthed mummies that are thousands
of years old, many with Indo-European features such as blond hair and
blue eyes. Where did they come from? Dr. Spencer Wells, National
Geographic explorer-in-residence and director of the National Geographic
Genographic Project, goes on a mission to use advanced technology to
decode the genetic identity of these unusually well-preserved mummies
and open a unique window into the ancient migrations of mankind.