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‘Mulberry Child’ at Heartland Film Festival, Oct. 13-22

October 7, 2011 1 comment


Heartland Film Festival, Oct. 13-22, 2011

Heartland Film Festival, Oct. 13-22, 2011.

By Kim Dixon
On behalf of the Heartland Film Festival

Award Winning filmmaker Susan Morgan Cooper’s (An Unlikely Weapon: The Eddie Adams Story) documentary feature film Mulberry Child – a powerful, deeply moving story of author Jian Ping’s (Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China) coming of age as the daughter of a senior government official and her family’s struggle to survive China’s Cultural Revolution of 1966-1976 –  has been officially selected to premiere at the 2011 Heartland Film Festival, which will take place Oct. 13-22, 2011.   Narrated by Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress Jacqueline Bisset, this will be the film’s world premiere.

“I am delighted to return to Heartland’s nurturing and very classy film festival, run by Jeff Sparks and Ray Mills. The atmosphere of the festival inspires many lasting friendships,” said Susan Morgan Cooper.

“My book Mulberry Child is a memoir of my growing up during China’s Cultural Revolution. It was a healing process putting the memories of the hardship I endured on paper,” said Jian Ping. “The book is also a legacy for my daughter. My effort to connect her to my family roots, and teach her the importance of resilience. Susan did a wonderful job weaving my intentions for the book into episodes of my life stories in China and in the U.S. today.”

Morgan Cooper explores this story of triumph over adversity in her unique hybrid  of documentary and narrative film intertwining rare archival footage and photographs taken surreptitiously by Li Zhensheng when he served as a member of the Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution. Through dramatic re-enactment, Morgan Cooper recreates the terrifying days when Mao was in power and a little girl feared for her family. What Morgan Cooper finds most compelling is what happens when the trauma of such a past haunts the future. Mao is gone, but his legacy remains.

About Susan Morgan Cooper
Award-winning filmmaker Susan Morgan Cooper wrote, produced and directed the powerful documentary, An Unlikely Weapon: The Eddie Adams Story. The critically acclaimed film is a biopic of the extraordinary and conflicted life of the Pulitzer Prize winning war photographer who photographed a point-blank execution of a Viet Cong prisoner by a Vietnamese general. Adams’ split-second shot helped change world sentiment towards the Vietnam War and haunted Adams for the rest of his life.

About Jian Ping
Jian Ping (Jennifer Hou Kwong) is the author of Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China. She was born and raised in China. From a young girl being forced to live in a mud house during China’s Cultural Revolution to a working mother in corporate America, an author and a public speaker, Jian’s journey reflects the human spirit of resilience and triumph.

About Heartland Truly Moving Pictures
Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, a non-profit arts organization, seeks to promote positive change in people’s live through the transformative power of film. Its flagship event, the Heartland Film Festival®, launched in 1991 and runs each October in Indianapolis, screening independent films from around the world. Each year, the Festival awards more than $150,000 in cash prizes and presents its Crystal Heart Awards to the top-judged submissions. Heartland has awarded more than $2.3 million to support filmmakers during the last 19 years. The organization’s Truly Moving Picture Award was created to honor films released theatrically that align with Heartland’s mission. By bestowing this award seal to honored films, the award allows studios and distributors to inform audiences of a film’s transformative power and appeal. Heartland is also dedicated to cultivating youth, and thus created the Heartland Institute to provide innovative educational and outreach programs that enrich the minds and lives of youth and aspiring filmmakers. For more information, visit

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