Screen/Society -- Cine-East: East Asian Cinema Series -- Memory Project -- "Treatment"
Film Screening -- "Treatment" (Wu Wenguang, 2010, 80min, China, Mandarin with English subtitles, Color/BW, DVD) -- As filmmaker Wu Wenguang engages in a self-reflexive analysis of old diaries and intimate footage of his mother's life, he also plunges into recollections of his experiences during the Cultural Revolution - another incisive merging of proletarian history and personal cinema by one of the founders and spiritual leaders of the "New Chinese Documentary Movement". "This film started with me wanting to make a film to memorialize and explore my deep emotions toward my mother, who passed away in 2007. This film is not just about remembering her, it is also an experiment to bring her back to life. Through my mother, remembrance, the present, healing and self-healing, this film's structure and way of recounting began to naturally materialize." (Wu Wenguang) -- Part of the Cine-East/Memory Project Series: Four Chinese film directors present their work exploring elder villagers' memories of the "3-Year Famine" (1959-1961)