The Reel China @NYU Film Festival presents a sampling of the most outstanding contemporary independent films produced in China. Participating filmmakers range from more experienced professional documentarians to young novices. As their disparate visions extend and overlap, we witness the persistent presence of independent cameras that, amidst the disorienting transformation in China, assures the discovery and documentation of fragments of contemporary reality that are becoming history at breakneck speed.
Co-curated by Angela Zito (Anthropology, Religious Studies, NYU) and ZHANG Zhen (Cinema Studies, NYU).
Reel China 2012 will be held on October 19-21 and 26-28.
New documentary and fiction work, situated at the nexus of public and private life, shows us aspects of a China rarely seen. Films range from poignant stories of the aftermath of great disasters and political upheavals such as the Sichuan earthquake of May ’08 and the Cultural Revolution, to experimental looks at work, love and family in the fast-expanding post-econimic towns and cities. Post-screening discussions with filmmakers, including Wang Yunlong and Yang Lina.
Reel China is presented by The Center for Religion and Media and The Department of Cinema Studies and sponsored by The Center for Media, Culture and History, China House, NYU, and with the support of the Provost’s Global Research Initiative and the Asian Cultural Council.