[Mini-Film Festival] Outside/Inside: China Through Different Decades and Different Frames

CHOP (China Ongoing Perspectives) film series will present a mini-film festival "Outside/Inside: China Through Different Decades and Different Frames" on April 10 and 11, 2024. The two nights of film viewing will showcase documentaries about China through the lens of European and Chinese directors, with stories spanning the 1950s, 1970s, and 1990s. The post-film discussion session will feature U-M Chinese Studies Postdoctoral Fellows Gavin Healy and Yukun Zeng.  

CHOP film series is co-sponsored by the U-M Asia Library and the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies (LRCCS).

April 10-11, 2024
6:00-8:30 pm on both nights
Location: U-M Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery Space (first floor)
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, April 10
Discussant: Gavin Healy (LRCCS Postdoctoral Fellow)

collage of three film posters

Sunday in Peking ‘Dimanche à Pekin’  
Director: Chris Marker | 1956, 18.5m
French avant-garde filmmaker Chris Marker takes the viewer on a journey through Peking--its traditions, history, and banalities of everyday life.

Chung Kuo, Cina
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | 1972, first 32 m
Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni was invited to China in 1972, where he produced a film presenting his impressions of a five-week tour of cities, historical sites, and monuments of socialist construction. Later denounced by the Chinese government as an “anti-China clown” who employed “despicable tricks” to defame the Chinese people, the following decades have come to see a reassessment of Antonioni and his film.

How Yukong Moved the Mountains
Director: Joris Ivens | 1974 (The Ball), 17.5m
A supporter and documentarian of Chinese socialism since the 1930s, Joris Ivens returned to China in the last days of the Cultural Revolution to produce a multi-part chronicle of ordinary people and their place in the Chinese revolution.

Thursday, April 11, 2024
Discussant: Yukun Zeng (LRCCS Postdoctoral Fellow)

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A Young Patriot
Director: Haibin Du | 2015 1h 45m
A Chinese documentary that explores China's youths born after 1990 through 19-year-old "patriotic exhibitionist" Zhao as he begins to question nationalism and is challenged by Western influences.