Guobin Yang examines the factional violence in the Red Guard movement as well as the de-sacralization of that revolutionary culture throughout the 1970s and the rise of a new wave of protest that inaugurated the democratic movements of the reform era.
Useless (Wu Yong)
A part of the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival
In English and Cantonese, Mandarin, Shanxi, and French with English subtitles
Executive Producers: Chow Keung, Mao Jihong, Kang Jianmin
Cinematographers: Yu Likwai, Jia Zhang-Ke
Editor: Zhang Jia
Music: Lim Qiong
Featuring: Ma Ke
Jia Zhang-ke's beguiling new documentary is as deftly and delicately constructed as the handmade clothes that are its subject. Centering on Chinese fashion designer Ma Ke and her clothing line Wu Yong (literally “useless”), Jia weaves in rich digressions that highlight the shift in China from artisanal to industrial production. Ma Ke's debut at Paris' Fashion Week is juxtaposed with scenes of small-town tailors eking out a few yuan by mending pants and exhausted textile workers visiting the doctor on a lunch break. Through it all, Jia's constantly gliding camera converts the mundane to the beautiful.
Sunday, June 22nd 7:00pm
Monday, June 23rd 9:30pm
Aynne Kokas, from the University of Virginia, offers an in-depth look at China’s growing role in the global media industries and how it is shaping Hollywood in the twenty-first century.
The Global Exchange Workshop, founded by Professors Marsha Kinder and Mark Harris, and now in its tenth year, is an intensive documentary filmmaking workshop on the theme of “LA as a Global City.”
The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a talk by USC Professor Emerita Charlotte Furth on her adventures in Beijing teaching young Chinese scholars about America.