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December 08, 2008

Up the Yangtze - February 14 at 7 pm

The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, February 14, 2009
Time: 7 pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
(enter via glass doors at fishbowl, off diag)

A film by Yung Chang; Canada, 2008; 93 minutes (English, Mandarin and Sichuan dialect with English subtitles)

Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Yung Chang returns to the gorgeous, now-disappearing landscape of his grandfather’s youth to trace the surreal life of a “farewell cruise? that traverses the gargantuan waterway. With narrative agility, a humanist gaze and wry wit, Chang’s approach beautifully captures the microcosmic society of the luxury liner: below deck, a bewildered young girl trains as a dishwasher, sent to work by her peasant family who is on the verge of relocation from the encroaching floodwaters. Above deck, a phalanx of wealthy international tourists set sail to catch a last glance of a country in dramatic flux. Singularly moving and cinematically breathtaking, Up the Yangtze gives a human dimension to the wrenching changes facing not only an increasingly globalized China, but the world at large.

Posted by batesbe at December 8, 2008 11:49 AM