The Flower Room

Dramatised and directed by Shaun Macloughlin from Leaving Mother Lake by Erche Namu and Christine Mathieu.

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0120060807

Namu is a Mosuo, from a matriarchal ethnic minority in the Himalayas near Tibet.

As a child she tended yaks on the mountain pastures, but later she competed to become a famous pop star, described as the Chinese Brigitte Bardot.

02*20060808

After her skirt ceremony, Namu a Chinese ethnic minority girl has her own Flower Room, where she may receive lovers.

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Namu takes five days on horseback and four days by train from Lake Lugu to Beijing, where she wins the all-China singing competition.

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At 16 Namu quarrels with her mother and travels 3000 miles to audition for the Shanghai Music Conservatory.

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After five years at the Shanghai Music Conservatory and a romantic exchange of letters, Namu returns to her home in the Chinese Himalayas.