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Through the Lens: Hidden Letters

Used with permission from the Utah Film Center
Utah Film Center

For thousands of years, women in China shared a secret language — a code only women could read, that bonded them together in solidarity and sisterhood.

That language is called Nushu. It was written with sharpened bamboo sticks, dipped in ink. The new documentary “Hidden Letters” explores the history and the present of Nushu, which has since been much commercialized in China. Still, people continue to be drawn to it, and the film sees two women considering Nushu as they attempt to reconcile their lives and positions in Chinese society. This Friday at 11 a.m., director Violet Du Feng joins us to talk about her film “Hidden Letters.”

Please join KUER and the Utah Film Center for a screening of “Hidden Letters” at the Salt Lake City Main Branch on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A with director Violet Du Feng. The event is free but an RSVP is required.


  • Violet Du Feng, director of the documentary Hidden Letters. @HiddenLetters_
  • Li Guo, Professor of Chinese & World Languages and Cultures, Utah State University
  • A special thanks toApril Fossen for translating the voice of He Yanxin

Airdate: Friday, Feb. 3, 2023 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.