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AAS / ICAS Film Expo 2011

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China, the Empire of Art?
Directed by Sheng Zhimin and Emma Tassy.        
2010. 52 min. China.
Distributed by: Cinema Guild;   
A look at the bustling Chinese contemporary art scene, focusing on artists from both Beijing and Shanghai, with interviews shot on-location in the artists’ studios.
Thursday, March 31, 2011, 8:00am

The Fall of Womenland
Directed by Xiaodan He.
2009. 46 min. China.
Distributed by: Cinema Guild;                    
The Mosuo people, a small minority situated in the southwest of China, are one of the last remaining matriarchal societies In the world.  The Fall of Womenland explores their history and present way of life, and the impact of tourism and globalization.
Thursday, March 31, 2011, 10:20am

Broken Pots, Broken Dream
Directed by Maris Gillette.          
2009. 21 min. China.
(Self distributed) ;
This film explores the human cost of global capitalism in Jingdezhen, China’s historical porcelain capital, as it moves through the history of the industry, through imperial, socialist, and the neo-liberal restructuring occurring today.
Thursday, March 31, 2011, 11:10am

Directed by Haibin Du   
2009.  60 mins. China.
Distributed by dGenerate Films;         
Haibin Du’s award winning documentary of the earthquake that devastated Sichuan Province in 2008 as it explores how victims, citizens, and government respond to a national tragedy. 
Thursday, March 31, 2011, 12:00pm

Bored in Heaven
Directed by Kenneth Dean
2010. 80 mins. China.     
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Bored in Heaven explores ritual sensation, local power and performativity during Chinese New Year celebrations in the villages and towns of Putian, Fujian.
View Trailer Here
Thursday, March 31, 2011, 3:25pm

Last Train Home
Directed by Lixin Fan     
2010. 87 mins. China.
Distributed by Zeitgesit Films;                 
Strikingly beautiful, Last Train Home is an intimate observation of one fractured family that sheds light on the human cost of China’s ascendance as an economic superpower.
Thursday, March 31, 2011, 7:00pm

Tongzhi in Love
Directed by Ruby Yang.
2008. 30 mins. China.
Distributed by Cinema Guild;                     
An intimate and beautifully made documentary that looks at what it’s like to be gay in modern China.
Friday, April 1, 2011, 10:05am

From Jean-Paul Sartre to Teresa Teng: Contemporary Cantonese Art in the 1980s
Directed by Asia Art Archive       
2010.  45 mins.   China/Hong Kong.
Distributed by Asia Art Archive as part of the project:
Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990.     Based on primary research, rare film footage and personal interviews with key artists, this documentary links the "Reading Fever" that gripped the Chinese art world in the 1980s to the experimentalism and verve of artists and critics in South China.
Friday, April 1, 2011, 10:40am

Coup d'Etat 1955
Directed by Martin Ku & Chi-cheng Wang
2003. 90 mins. Taiwan.  
Distributed by Public Television Service, Taiwan;
A fascinating historical document in itself, the film explores an enigmatic coup involving the U.S. and China’s “ever-victorious general” of World War II, General Sun Li-jen, who spent 33 years under house arrest for his presumed role in it.
Friday, April 1, 2011, 3:00pm

Cold Mountain: Han Shan
Directed by Mike Hazard & Deb Wallwork
2009. 28 mins. China.
Distributed by
Cold Mountain is a half hour film portrait of the Tang Dynasty Chinese poet Han Shan, a.k.a. Cold Mountain. Recorded on location in China, America and Japan, Burton Watson, Red Pine, Jim Lenfestey and the legendary Gary Snyder describe the poet's life and recite poems.
Friday, April 1, 2011, 4:30pm

Please Vote for Me        
Directed by Weijun Chen; Produced by Don Edkins         
2007. 52 min. China.       
Distributed by Steps International;     
In an elementary school in the city of Wuhan in central China, eight-year old children compete for the position of class monitor.  Please Vote for Me is a film about an experiment with democracy in China.
Saturday, April 2, 2011, 9:00am

Lessons of the Loess Plateau     
Directed by John D. Liu 
2008. 52 mins. China.
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The Loess Plateau is home to more than 50 million poor farmers who have suffered centuries of severe soil erosion, leading to massive environmental degradation and poverty.  This film documents a remarkable paradigm shift and identifies why and how a joint project has completely changes the landscape of the region.
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Saturday, April 2, 2011, 1:15pm

Though I Am Gone
Directed by Hu Jie
2007. 68 mins. China.
Distributed by dGenerate Films;         
In 1966, the principal of an all-girls school, was beaten to death by her students.  The incident, one of the first to ignite the cultural revolution, is documented here as told to the filmmaker by her husband, in this gripping film.
Saturday, April 2, 2011, 2:10pm

Inner Asia Films

The Sun Behind the Clouds
Directed by Ritu Sarin & Tenzing Sonam
2010. 79 mins. Tibet/China.
Zeitgesit Films;                               
This film takes a provocative yet reasoned look at the struggles of the Tibetan people for cultural preservation. It includes the divisions within the Tibetan movement between the Dalai Lama and his youthful supporters exemplified by the events of 2008.
Thursday, March 31, 2011, 2:00pm

Bhutan: Taking the Middle Path to Happiness
Directed by Tom Vendetti           
2007. 56 mins. Bhutan.  
Distributed by
This Emmy Award winning documentary presents an intimate look at people who value Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product.  View Trailer Here
Friday, April 1, 2011, 11:40am

Summer Pasture
Directed by Lynn True & Nelson Walker.  Co-Director: Tsering Perlo
2010. 86 mins. Tibet.
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Summer Pasture chronicles one summer with a young Tibetan nomad family as they struggle to reconcile their traditional way of life with a rapidly modernizing Tibet.
Friday, April 1, 2011, 7:00pm

Shielding the Mountains
Directed by Kunga Lama ; Produced by Emily Yeh
2010. 20 mins.  Tibet/China.
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Why have Tibetans become environmentalists?  How do Tibetan conceptions of nature different from Western ones?  This film explores these questions through the story of two Tibetan environmental leaders in contemporary China.
Saturday, April 2, 2011, 11:45am

Japan Films

Can't Go Native               
Directed by David Plath
2010. 56 mins. Japan.
Distributed by MPG;    
Upbeat, humorous portrait of the 50-year-long engagement between the people in Mizusawa, northeastern Japan, and anthropologist Keith Brown, who first went there in 1961 to collect field data for his doctoral dissertation.
Friday, April 1, 2011, 8:00am

Witness to Hiroshima    
Directed by Kathy Sloane; Co-produced by Michele Mason
2010. 16 min. Japan.       
Distributed by               
Keiji Tsuchiya uses 12 powerful watercolors to tell the story of his experience in Hiroshima as a 17-year soldier immediately after the atomic bombing, and how it influenced the direction of his life.
Saturday, April 2, 2011, 9:55am

Shugendô Now: the Lotus Ascent [educator version]     
Directed by Jean-Marc Abela & Mark McGuire  
2009. 42 mins. Japan.     
Distributed by Enpower Pictures;        
Shugendô practitioners perform actions from shamanism, Shintô, Daoism, and Tantric Buddhism.  More poetic than analytical, this film explores how a group of modern Japanese people integrate Mountain Learning with urban life.
View Trailer Here
Saturday, April 2, 2011, 10:50am

ANPO: Art x War [educator version]
Directed by Linda Hoaglund        
2010. 56 mins. Japan.
Distributed by    
ANPO: Art x War reveals the story of resistance to U.S. military bases which remain in Japan today, through a collage of paintings, photographs, anime, and films by Japan’s foremost artists.
Saturday, April 2, 2011, 12:15pm

South Asia Films

Directed by Sigrun Norderval & Gard A. Andreassen
2008. 52 mins. Pakistan.
Distributed by Icarus Films;
Dishonored documents the remarkable story of Mukhtar Mai, whose rape and subsequent demand for justice received media coverage worldwide, and which over the next few years led to a dramatic series of legal proceedings through Pakistan's court system.
Thursday, March 31, 2011, 1:00pm

This is a Music: Reclaiming an Untouchable Drum
Directed by Zoe Sherinian           
2011. 60 mins. India.                      
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This documentary is about the psychological and economic processes of transformation for a group of lowest caste drummers from India. As they reclaim their performance as respectable, the question becomes, can they sustain these changes in the village context?
Friday, April 1, 2011, 12:50pm

Southeast Asia Films

Who Killed Chea Vichea?
Directed by Bradley Cox
2010.  56 mins. Cambodia.
Distributed by Loud Mouth Films;                       
Who Killed Chea Vichea? follows a five-year investigation into the assassination of Cambodia’s most prominent trade union leader and the framing of two innocent men.  It presents a multi-faceted picture of the current state of politics, human rights, and the rule of law in Cambodia. View Trailer Here
Friday, April 1, 2011, 9:00am

What’s the Point? [At Stake]
Directed by Iwan Setiawan & Muhammad Ichsan
2008. 23 mins. Indonesia.
Distributed by                        
A closer look at the current practice of female circumcision continuing in urban Indonesia.  Shot by local filmmakers, the film  offers a close-up and personal look at the context and confused beliefs behind female circumcision.
Friday, April 1, 2011, 2:00pm

Our Children’s Fund [At Stake] 
Directed by Ucu Augustin & Nia Dinata  
2008. 26 mins. Indonesia.
Distributed by
A film is about mothers whose daily pay does not cover their basic expenses.   With a standard fee of 10.000 rupiah (US $1), these women sell themselves for sex order to make ends meet.
Friday, April 1, 2011, 2:30pm

Laos: So You Think the War is Over          
Directed by Network Ireland Television
2009. 25 mins. Laos.       
Distributed by Films for the Humanities & Sciences;          
Laos, because of its involvement in the Vietnam War, is frequently cited as, per capita, the most bombed country in the world.  This program shows how a conflict that officially ended over three decades ago still kills and maims innocent civilians.
Saturday, April 2, 2011, 10:25am

Family Victim
Directed by Robert Lemelson
2010. 38 mins. Indonesia.
Distributed by DER
Family Victim explores how a Javanese family manages a troubled and troublesome member.  This film examines the multiple ways the family interprets dilemmas, as he finally  matures into culturally defined adulthood.
Saturday, April 2, 2011, 3:20pm

Korea Films

Koryu: Southern Women
Directed by Kim Soyoung
2000.  76 min. South Korea.
Distributed by AsiaPacificFilms;             
Filmmaker and professor, Kim Soyoung , creates a fascinating visual narrative about the experiences of South Korean women past and present, and the beginnings of a women’s consciousness  in South Korea.
Thursday, March 31, 2011, 9:00am
Film introduced by the director, Q&A to follow.

The Red Chapel               
Directed by Mads Brügger
2009. 88 mins. North Korea/Denmark.       
Distributed by Lorber Films;        
A trio of Danish comedians, who call themselves "The Red Chapel", pretend to be regime sympathizers and mount an absurd variety show in Pyongyang.
Saturday, April 2, 2011, 7:00pm



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