Warning: Use of undefined constant style - assumed 'style' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in /homepages/38/d277294680/htdocs/wp-content/themes/modularity/functions/admin-setup.php on line 12

Warning: Use of undefined constant gppthemes - assumed 'gppthemes' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in /homepages/38/d277294680/htdocs/wp-content/themes/modularity/functions/admin-setup.php on line 46

Chinese Filmmakers Explore the Great Famine in Memory Project Film Series

Still from "Treatment," by Wu Wenguang

Between 1959 and 1961 millions of Chinese citizens died during the Great Famine, when conditions from extreme weather conditions, including a severe drought, were exacerbated by government policies. During the month of October, the Screen/Society of Duke University’s Arts of the Moving Image program will be showcasing films produced as part of the Memory Project, in which four Beijing filmmakers traveled the country to return to family villages and their own pasts, real and imagined, to talk with village elders about the Great Famine, a disaster whose memories have been actively abandoned by the state. The films are an experiment in creating a folk-memory archive, and reveal as much about the wish for memory as of memory itself, and of the interesting role of film in such projects of retrieval.

For a searchable campus map, click here.

Treatment by Wu Wenguang
Wednesday, October 17, 7 p.m.
Griffith Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus
125 Science Drive, Durham, North Carolina“Knocking on Memory’s Door with a Video Camera,” a special presentation by the Memory Project filmmakers
Wednesday, October 24, 12 p.m.
John Hope Franklin Center, FC 240
2204 Erwin Road, Durham, North Carolina

The Memory Project Opening Reception
Wednesday October 24, 6 p.m.
Griffith Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus
125 Science Drive, Durham, North Carolina

Luo Village: Me and Ren Dingqi by Luo Bing
Wednesday, October 24, 7:30 p.m.
Griffith Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus
125 Science Drive, Durham, North Carolina

Self-Portrait and Dialogue with My Mother / Self-Portrait With Three Women by Zhang Mengqi
Thursday October 25, 7 p.m.
Richard White Lecture Hall, Duke East Campus
1308 Campus Drive, Durham, North Carolina

Satiated Village by Zou Xueping
Friday October 26, 7 p.m.
Richard White Lecture Hall, Duke East Campus
1308 Campus Drive, Durham, North Carolina

The film series is cosponsored by Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Asian/Pacific Studies Institute, Office of Global Strategy and Programs, and Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts.

 

Leave a Reply