CDS Cosponsors Residency of Memory Project Filmmakers

A photograph from the film, "A True Believer" by Liu Xiaolei

A photograph from the film, “A True Believer” by Liu Xiaolei

Four Chinese filmmakers from the Memory Project return to the Duke campus in October 2016 for a two-week residency of film screenings and public events; see a complete listing below. 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. For the Memory Project, 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.

Presented by Duke University Libraries, Co-sponsored by Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Arts of the Moving Image, Asian/Pacific Studies Institute, MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts, The Franklin Humanities Institute Story Lab, and the Center for Documentary Studies.

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Self-Portrait: Dying at 47 KM by Zhang Mengqi | Film Screening
Tuesday, October 18, 7 p.m.
Griffith Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus
125 Science Drive, Durham, North Carolina

Reading Hunger Performance by Four Filmmakers | Public Event
Wednesday, October 19, 7 p.m.
Richard White Lecture Hall, Duke East Campus
1308 Campus Drive, Durham, North Carolina

APSI: Meet the Filmmakers | Public Event
Thursday, October 20, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
John Hope Franklin Center
2204 Erwin Road, Durham, North Carolina

A True Believer by Liu Xiaolei | Film Screening
Thursday, October 20, 7 p.m.
Richard White Lecture Hall, Duke East Campus
1308 Campus Drive, Durham, North Carolina

No Land by Zhang Ping | Film Screening
Tuesday, October 25, 7 p.m.
Griffith Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus
125 Science Drive, Durham, North Carolina

Scholars and Storytelling | Public Event
Wednesday, October 26, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Smith Warehouse, Story Lab, Bay 4
114 South Buchanan Blvd., Durham, North Carolina

Duke Libraries Panel on the Memory Project | Public Event
Thursday, October 27, 3:30 p.m.
Perkins Library, Room 217
411 Chapel Drive, Durham, North Carolina

Investigating My Father by Wu Wenguang | Film Screening
Friday, October 28, 7 p.m.
Richard White Lecture Hall, Duke East Campus
1308 Campus Drive, Durham, North Carolina

 

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