Cornell Cinema welcomes three independent Chinese filmmakers who are traveling with a fourth filmmaker, Wu Wenguang, who launched The Memory Project in 2010 to encourage amateur filmmakers to investigate the hidden histories of their home villages. “Designed with as much credence to oral history and family succession as to extending documentary practices to the boundaries of Chinese village life, the aim of The Memory Project is to dispatch young filmmakers—mostly recent college graduates—away from urban landscapes and Wu’s Caochangdi Workstation in Beijing to their hometowns, the villages of their predecessors. Here, armed with digital cameras and a posture that is as earnest and curious as it is ‘independent,’ these filmmakers begin to unravel stories of village histories and politics, stories of their families and themselves.” (Maya E. Rudolph, “Getting the Past Out Loud”) Two films will be shown on November 8 and two on November 9, the first starting at 5pm and the second at 7:15pm. Chinese food will be served in between and the filmmakers will be on hand to discuss their work. Cosponsored with the Dept. of Performing and Media Arts.
The Memory Project
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