Still Lives: Unseen China and the Films of Jia Zhangke
Presented by Chi-hui Yang, Director, SFIAAFF
Wednesday, 4 November, 2009; 5:45 PM
Fromm Hall, USF Main Campus
(Enter off Parker between Golden Gate & Fulton)
Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke (Still Life, 24 City, Unknown Pleasures) is perhaps the most significant artist working in China today. His meditative and exquisitely crafted films, both documentary and fiction, probe and expose the complexities and contradictions which define China?s historical moment: migration, globalization, labor, modernization. His films, like no
other, capture those enormous forces, both economic and social, which are transforming China today.
In this session, Chi-hui Yang, Director of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, will discuss and show clips from Jia’s films, and illustrate how his works reveal the invisible side of China’s modernization, the individuals left out of the economic miracle, living out their lives on the outskirts of China’s polished urban centers and vibrant consumer economy.
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Reservations recommended; call (415) 422-6828.
Cosponsored by the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning.