Teng Biao grew up in a rural village before attending law school at Peking University and focusing on human rights. While his early successes were lauded by the Chinese government, he was later abducted and tortured by police. He fled to the United States with his family and now teaches at Hunter College in NYC.
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.
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
A Chinese social media influencer struggles to find meaning in life, but her popularity makes it difficult for her to trust normal relationships.
A Los Angeles school of magic teaches its students that there is more to the world than meets the eye
Two young mothers in a breastfeeding support group form a special bond when they share breastmilk with each other
Five women discuss the process of finding themselves through healing from sexual trauma
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.
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
Professor Margaret Lewis examined the US government's use of criminal prosecutions to address a broad "China" threat is at tension with the criminal justice system.
The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a webinar with David Zweig to look at how tensions between the United States and China have impacted scientific collaboration and research.
Bob Davis and Lingling Wei, authors of Superpower Showdown, will help us understand the ramp up of US-China economic tensions and the far-reaching consequences of the stand-off.