The Silk And The Flame documents a stressful Chinese New Year gathering in Henan

The Silk And The Flame is now showing at The Projector.
The Silk And The Flame is now showing at The Projector.PHOTO: THE PROJECTOR

SINAGPORE - It is a familiar lament, one that has become a bitter joke for singles. During Chinese New Year, parents and extended family interrogate unmarried persons, then offer romantic advice of the kind that went out of date around the mid-1970s.

In the documentary The Silk And The Flame, director Jordan Schiele follows Yao, a single Beijinger in his late 30s, over several days spent with his parents in rural Henan province during the festive period.

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