April 08, 2010
Winter 2010 CCS Chinese Documentary Film Series - Inside the Campus: Life at a Chinese University
Date: Saturday, April 10, 2010
Time: 7 pm
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
(enter via glass doors at fishbowl, off diag)
A film by Camille Ponsin; China, 2008; 52 minutes (Mandarin with English subtitles)
A frank account of what it is like to be a college student in contemporary China. French director Camille Ponsin was given the unique opportunity of filming on campus for one year at Nanjing Normal University, a large institution of over 40,000 students. Soon after a student settles in, a uniformed communist party member enters the dorm and instructs to the smallest detail just how one’s personal objects are to be placed, from how shoes are to be lined up, to where toothbrushes are stored. The first few months are given over to marching in formation, indoctrination into party history and learning to chant military slogans. But behind the closed doors of their dorms, these 20-year olds talk about boyfriends, cinema, politics and their future. We follow two students: Mao who is attracted to a Western lifestyle, and Kun, who is following the Party line in the hopes of a good career.
Camille Ponsin was born in Paris in 1973. While studying Arabic language and culture in Paris, he took a course for cameramen. In 2001 he began to work as assistant to the Director of Photography on the series of documentaries directed by Robert Altman, then as a cameraman on documentaries and TV series. He made his directing debut in 2003 with Ingenieurs, Sherpas et boîtes de conserve.
Posted by zzhu at April 8, 2010 09:38 PM