Izzy Chan is in Egypt and She’s Showcasing her Documentary About Families That Switched Gender Roles
The American Ministry of Foreign Affairs is cooperating with the USC Cinematic Arts in a program called the American Film Showcase. The program works on solidifying the connection between cultures and showcase the American contemporary society with its issues. As a part of the program, the American Embassy in Cairo is hosting the renowned Movie Director, Izzy Chan.
Chan is going to showcase her successful and unusual documentary, The Big Flip. The Big Flip is a documentary that explores the hidden struggles and triumphs of families who have “flipped” traditional gender roles; where the wife wins the bread and the husband takes care of home and kids.
The director spent a whole year roaming in several states to find eight families that were featured in her documentary. Chan used academic sources to back up her arguments; as a study at the University of Virginia claims that couples are 61% less happy when the woman earns more than the man. Moreover, another study at the University of Western Washington states that divorce rate increases by 40% in families where the woman earns 60% or more of the family income.
Chan’s own lifestyle influenced her research on this topic; as she is the main family provider in her household. She was brought up in Hong Kong and Singapore, and she started writing and directing plays at a young age.