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March 02, 2012

Winter 2012 Chinese Documentary Film Series - Karamay (克拉玛依)


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The film showing is FREE and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2012
Time: 1:00pm (please note special starting time)
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
(enter via glass doors at fishbowl, off diag)

A film by Xu Xin (徐辛); China, 2010; 356 minutes (6 hours); Mandarin with English subtitles
Intermission: Due to the 6-hour length of this film, there will be a 30 minute intermission beginning at 4:00pm. The film will then resume at 4:30pm and run continuously until 7:30pm.

Clips from the film:

Further Information: In 1991, the oil-rich city of Karamay in Northwest China was the site of a horrible fire that killed nearly 300 schoolchildren. The students were performing for state officials and were told to stand by while the officials left the building first. After the fire, the story was heavily censored in the Chinese state media. To this day, the families of Karamay have not been allowed to publicly mourn their children. In Karamay, filmmaker Xu Xin helps a community break the silence nearly two decades after their tragedy. The film is structured around a series of first-person accounts from families, teachers and survivors, interspersed with rare archival footage. Each narrative represents a complete and self-contained story in which the subjects recount their reaction to the carnage and how it colored their view of nation, society, education, law, party institutions and human nature. The result is a “landmark in journalistic diligence and a dedicated act of commemoration and healing” (Michael Fox, SF Weekly).

Posted by zzhu at March 2, 2012 03:14 PM