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Presented by the School of Media Studies and the Graduate Certificate in Documentary Studies, an all-day program featuring documentary films presented by their makers will explore the collective memory of the Great Chinese Famine as told by villagers who survived.
Daytime events include screening and discussions with filmmakers Luo Bing, Zhang Mengqi, and Zou Xueping, members of the 80-hou generation (born after 1980). They will present their films, which have been showcased at festivals in China, Europe, and North America. The New School is one of several stops for these filmmakers on their current tour of American universities in the Northeast.
The evening’s program is the concluding part with Wu Wenguang. He is considered the father of the Chinese documentary movement and is a prolific video maker, writer, programmer, and teacher. Wu will screen his work Testament (2010), in which he explores the emotions stirred by facing the filmic “resurrection” of his mother, who died in 2007, as he edited 12 years of footage. After the screening, Wu is joined by all the filmmakers for a discussion of the Memory Project and the importance of recuperating collective memory for China.
Co-sponsors of this event include the School of Media Studies at the New School for Public Engagement, The India China Institute, the School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design, and International Student Services.
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