Cine-East Film Screening: "Datong: The Great Society"
Named 2011 Movie-of-the-Year by China's progressive Southern Metropolitan Daily for "returning fuller memories and humanity to Chinese history," Datong: The Great Society focuses on modern China's first major utopian philosopher and constitutional reformer, Kang Youwei. After the Qing government's bloody crackdown on the political reform he initiated in 1889, Kang and his daughter Tongbi fled into 16 years of exile, including residence on a Swedish island. Evans Chan's docu-drama recounts Kang's epic struggle for China's modernization as well as for his dream of Datong --the Chinese Utopia.
**preceded by reception, 6:00 p.m., White Hall, room 106 (Duke East Campus)**
**introduction by director, Evans Chan**
shown in conjunction with memorial conference, "The Radicalism of Possibility: in Remembrance of Arif Dirlik"