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February 15, 2012

Winter 2012 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Abé Mark Nornes


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Abé Mark Nornes, U-M Professor of Asian Cinema; Chair, Screen Arts and Cultures

When the "Underground" Goes Underground: Independent Documentary and the Crackdown

March 6, 2012
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

In the last decade the PRC government opened up a space for non-official nonfiction filmmakers, who swiftly established one of the most vigorous and fascinating documentary cultures in the world. Filmmakers displayed admirably stubborn tactics to circumnavigate the government's occasional interference. It was essentially an above-ground underground film scene. However, a recent crackdown inaugurated by Ai Weiwei's April 2011 arrest proved qualitatively different, calling for a strategy of retreat and caution. A. M. Nornes describes the effects of the recent pressure, which has forced the "underground" to actually go underground.

Abé Mark Nornes is Professor of Asian Cinema at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Cinema Babel (Minnesota UP), a theoretical and historical look at the role of translation in film history. He also wrote Forest of Pressure: Ogawa Shinsuke and Postwar Japanese Documentary and Japanese Documentary Film: From the Meiji Era to Hiroshima (both Minnesota UP). He co-edited Japan-American Film Wars (Routledge), In Praise of Film Studies (Kinema Club), and many film festival retrospective catalogs. He is on the editorial boards of International Studies in Documentary and Mechadamia and has been co-owner of the internet newsgroup KineJapan since its inception. He worked for many years as a coordinator of the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.

Posted by zzhu at February 15, 2012 11:36 PM