Xan Aranda, Co-Producer
After sending her last kid to college, and retiring from a thirty-year career in advertising, May May Tchao began taking documentary film classes. She soon hired me to co-produce her film Spilled Water. Strangers at first, we joked that I was her midwife, assisting with the birth of her first film at the age of sixty.
Spilled Water had its world premiere at the Gene Siskel Film Center. During broadcast in Chicago, the film was viewed by more than 26,000 people. Pretty great for a first-timer.
Spilled Water explores how the economic transformation of China is changing the roles, rights, and social status of its women. Wanting to connect with her "distant sisters", decades after emigrating to the United States, May May returns to China and explores the very different lives of four women. From the urban hustle of Beijing to the desolate beauty of rural provinces, their intimate stories show us why gender equality in China is so hard-earned... and worth the struggle.
Documentary, 54 minutes, 2014