CUT OUT THE EYES
The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), Asia Society Northern California (ASNC) and Cinema on the Edge invite you to join us next week for a special screening of the documentary film CUT OUT THE EYES. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with independent film producer and Cinema on the Edge co-organizer Karin Chien, moderated by UC Berkeley Professor, Weihong Bao.
CUT OUT THE EYES follows blind musician Er Houshen and his lover/partner Liu Lanlan as they travel to rural villages in inner Mongolia, performing the saucy, sensationally bawdy form of musical duet comedy called er ren tai. Director Xu Tong specializes in training his piercingly observant documentary camera on unique Chinese characters like Er and using them to probe deep beneath the surface of China’s clash of rural traditions with its urbanizing contemporaneity.
This program is part of CHINA NOW: Independent Visions, presented by Cinema on the Edge. The new international tour celebrates “the daring spirit and creative innovation of independent filmmakers, festival organizers, and grassroots distributors in mainland China.” San Francisco is the first stop on the tour. The next stops on the tour include London, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Chicago and Norway.
‘The films in “CHINA NOW: Independent Visions” are some of the most compelling and exciting cinema being made today. These films have a lot to show us, not only about China, but about storytelling freed from marketplace demands. Made with the same passion and courage as all independent films, these groundbreaking films deserve their chance for audience. We are honored to bring these films and filmmakers to cities around the world.’ – Karin Chien, co-organizer
Presented in collaboration with SF Cinematheque – catch their screening of China Now: Independent Visions on November 22.