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Global Exchange Program 2019

The Global Exchange Workshop is a collaborative initiative of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Production Division, and the School of Theater, Film & Television at the Communication University of China in Beijing. These 8 new short documentaries were created by teams of students from USC and the Communications University of China in Los Angeles during the Summer of 2019. 

August 28, 2019
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Now in its second decade, the Global Exchange Workshop (CTPR 515) is a collaborative initiative of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Production Division, and the School of Theater, Film & Television at the Communication University of China in Beijing. Each summer, eight MFA students from each institution are selected to collaborate in pairs on short documentary films. The workshop alternates each year between the two universities. 

On May 10, 2019, eight MFA students from the Communication University of China in Beijing, China, arrived at LAX to begin a collaboration with eight MFA Students from USC. A few days later, they met their collaborators and faculty for the first time, pitched ideas, formed groups, and began researching their chosen subjects –ranging from immigration to love to spirituality. 

Recent awards from past workshops include: 2017 U­­S Student Academy Award nomination,“With Cancer;” 6th China Academy Awards of Documentary Film, “The Lost Tribe;” 2016 Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival; 2017 Venice International Film Festival; Best Editing, Beijing College Student Film Festival, “Go Gentle into the Good Night;” Fujian Student Film Festival, “Alone With 5 Million Fans;” 2nd Asia University Film Festival in Pusan, South Korea; and the Gold Award at the 5th Shanghai University Student Film Competition, “The Unclaimed.”

 

Come, Live, Leave
Two international students fight against time and immigration policies to try to keep their American dream alive.

 

Debbie & Sunshine
An unlikely love story blossoms when two people from different countries fall for each other

 

Atypical Influencer
A Chinese social media influencer struggles to find meaning in life, but her popularity makes it difficult for her to trust normal relationships. 

 

The Academy
A Los Angeles school of magic teaches its students that there is more to the world than meets the eye 

 

Milk Siblings
Two young mothers in a breastfeeding support group form a special bond when they share breastmilk with each other 

 

Healing Eros
Five women discuss the process of finding themselves through healing from sexual trauma 

 

Aleeya
Two Chinese filmmakers try to make a film about a transgender woman they met on the street, but things don’t go as they expected. 

 

Live Free
A comedian who lost her arm in a car crash tries to move past the pain, while using her experiences to help inspire others to live free 

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Events

November 7, 2019 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

The USC U.S.-China Institute and the USC East Asian Library present a screening of Daughter of Shanghai, a documentary featuring actress Tsai Chin talking about her life, scenes from the films and series she has starred in, and footage of celebrities talking about Tsai’s influence on them.

November 14, 2019 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

The USC U.S.-China Institute invites you to a presentation with Patrice Poujol on how blockchain technology changes the way films are financed, produced and distributed in China.