A film by Rongfei Guo
Human Stories, China (2015) | 30 mins
“Someone told me that fashion is not for the poor. Fashion is for the rich. I really don’t believe this.”
And so begins Fairy Tales, a playful short film that chronicles a young Chinese woman’s determination to make her mark in the world of fashion. Social media stardom follows her unrelenting self-belief, despite challenges based on her gender and social class. The film is a feel-good watch, proving the age-old adage that you can do whatever you put your mind to.
From a human rights lens, Fairy Tales is an exploration of the relationship between social power and creative expression. While art, fashion in particular, can be cast by some as a luxury rather than a right, this short film contends that creativity has a powerful role to play giving a voice to the voiceless. Ultimately, allowing, and protecting, the creative expression of all citizens makes for an inclusive, robust and frankly more interesting society.