Currently based in Taiwan, Burmese expat Midi Z is a protégé of legendary Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien. Midi Z’s realist films tell stories about the Chinese & Burmese diaspora in Southeast Asia, focusing on the poverty and economic displacement that plagues Myanmar. His films concern themselves with the rights and living/working conditions of migrant laborers and minority groups who risk their lives undertaking illicit work which often includes smuggling and drug trafficking. This series features Midi Z’s Homecoming Trilogy, as well as his short film, Palace on the Sea (2014). A related public lecture with Professor Brian Bernards on the displacement of migrant workers, Chinese diaspora and transnational film practices, will be held at 4:30pm on April 23 in the A.D. White House.
This screening series is presented by Comparative Cultures and Literature Forum and East Asian Program Graduate Students Steering Committee. Cosponsored by Southeast Asia Program, Taiwan Cinema Toolkit, Society for the Humanities, Department of Comparative Literature, Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, Department of International and Comparative Labor, Department of Labor Relations, Law, and History, Department of Government, China and Asia Pacific Studies Program, Department of Performing and Media Arts, Department of History of Art.