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Screen/Society--Cine-East Series: The Memory Project--"Satiated Village" w/ director Zou Xueping

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Friday, October 26, 2012
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7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Q&A to follow with director Zou Xueping
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Cine-East: The Memory Project

Film Screening--"Satiated Village" (Zou Xueping, 2011, 88 min, China, Chinese with English subtitles, DVD)--Zou Xueping is a 27-year-old artist from a remote village in Shandong province. In 2010, she filmed her first Memory Project documentary, "The Starving Village". In it, she talks to her 80-year-old grandmother and other elders about their life during the famine. "Satiated Village" follows interviewees' reactions to a screening of the first film. -- "They were very open to talking about the past. But one question frequently asked was what I would do with the film. When they learned I might show it abroad, some were concerned it could be bad for China; one even suggested that this would be betraying Chairman Mao. Then I organised another screening for the kids in the village; a few expressed similar concerns. That was the point of making the sequel: the famine might be over, but mentally, the village is still starving." - Zou Xueping -- 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)

Contact: Hank Okazaki