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Ecological Destruction, Three Gorges Dam, and the Aesthetics of Chinese Independent Cinema
UC Davis' Sheldon Lu will speak at UC Berkeley on films that have the construction of the controversial Three Gorges Dam in the background.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007, 4:00 PM
IEAS Conference Room, 2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor
Sponsors: Center for Chinese Studies Asian Cultural Studies Townsend Working Group, Asian Pacific American Studies Townsend Working Group
This talk will look at several films that have the construction of the controversial Three Gorges Dam in the background, and will explore the aesthetics of a new generation of filmmakers in China such as Jia Zhangke. Since this grand national project could not be debated in public, it has been the subject of representation by independent artists, painters, and filmmakers. Films to be discussed will include Jia's Still Life, Dai Sijie's Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, and Zhang Ming's In Expectation.
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