Fashion Dox

Yellow is Forbidden

Pïetra Brettkelly
Screening time  
25.02. / Monday, 13:00 - 15:00 Theatre 5  
26.02. / Tuesday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 4  
28.02. / Thursday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 3  
Chinese designer Guo Pei became the talk of the fashion world the instant Rihanna arrived at the 2015 Met Gala draped in one of Guo’s stunning creations: a 50-pound dress with a 16-foot train, all of it spun from gold and fox fur.

Beijing-born-and-based, Guo toiled for more than two decades before becoming the face of the “new China” and a reluctant political symbol of the regime’s progressive side. Director Pïetra Brettkelly chronicles Guo as person, fashion star, and emblem, and benefits enormously from the cooperation of the energetic designer. But Brettkelly doesn’t fall into any star-struck traps: by concentrating on the behind-the-scenes chaos and daily dramas in the lead-up to Guo’s make-or-break Paris runway show, the director allows us to pause for thought about the conflicted world of fashion and Guo’s role in it.


Pïetra Brettkelly

Pïetra Brettkelly is a New Zealand documentary director and producer. Her 2015 documentary, A Flickering Truth, appeared at the Venice and Toronto film festivals and was subsequently selected as New Zealand’s bid for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Yellow Is Forbidden (2018) is her latest documentary.

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Yellow is Forbidden

New Zealand
2018, 94'

Directed by:
Pïetra Brettkelly

Screenplay by:
Pïetra Brettkelly

Jacob Bryant

Edited by:
Nicolas Chaudeurge, Margot Francis

Tom Third

Pïetra Brettkelly, Richard Fletcher, Naomi Wallwork

Produced by:
The Film Sales Company

Festivals & Awards:

Tribeca Film Festival 2018; Hot Docs 2018; Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018; Palm Springs International Film Festival 2019; Vancouver International Film Festival 2018