Preview Screening

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Jul 12, 2011
6:30 PM ET
New York


Followed by a Q&A with creative team

The Paley Center is pleased to present this special advance screening of the upcoming theatrical release inspired by the best-selling novel Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. In nineteenth-century China, seven-year-old girls Snow Flower and Lily are matched as laotong—or "old sames"—bound together for eternity. Isolated by their families, they furtively communicate by taking turns writing in a secret language between the folds of a white silk fan. In a parallel story in present day Shanghai, the laotong's descendants, Nina and Sophia, struggle to maintain the intimacy of their own childhood friendship in the face of demanding careers, complicated love lives, and a relentlessly evolving Shanghai. What unfolds are two stories, generations apart, but everlasting in their universal notion of love, hope, and friendship. (100 min.)

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To attend a private reception with the creative team, join us for PALEYAFTERDARK/PALEY100. Call 212.621.6780 or email


Wayne Wang, Director
Bingbing Li, "Nina/Lily"
Lisa See, Book Author
Florence Sloan, Producer

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