Right Now x Zenith Collective – Part II: Fairy Tales

By Zenith Collective and Anika Baset
Rongfei Guo

Fairy Tales

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.

You can find Rongfei Guo’s Fairy Tales and the work of many more international filmmakers, on Zenith Collective’s online archive.