AsiaLENS is a series of free public film screenings and lecture / discussion programs -- organized by AEMS in collaboration with Spurlock Museum -- presenting recent documentary and independent films on issues reflecting contemporary life in Asia.
Local and visiting experts introduce the films and lead audiences in post-screening discussions.
All AsiaLENS screenings are FREE and open to the public.
For Spring 2017, screenings will be held on the third Tuesdays of February, March, and April at Spurlock Museum, located at 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL.
Full schedule for Spring 2017 is listed below.
Information on past screenings:Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016
AsiaLENS Upcoming Spring 2017 Calendar:
Playing With Fire: Women Actors of Afghanistan
Don't Think I've Forgotten
Introduction and post-screening discussion by AEMS.
PUNCH is a coming of age film set in an impoverished Seoul neighborhood. One of Korea’s most popular films of 2011, it follows the life of a high school student who is more talented at fighting than at studying. His homeroom teacher seems to enjoy tormenting him. His disabled father struggles to support him. He doesn’t know anything about his mother, but discovers that she isn’t even Korean. The movie succeeds through its interesting and sympathetic portrayals of a diverse set of characters.
Presented as part of “South Korean Millennials: Coming of Age in the Twenty-first Century” co-sponsored by Indiana University
View a trailer of the film here.
Introduction and post-screening discussion by Katayoun H. Salmasi (critic / playwright / director), former vice president of the Iran Theatre Critics Association, and advisor Iranian Cultural Alliance at UofI.
Banned under Taliban rule (1994-2001), Afghan theater is experiencing a comeback with many women at the forefront. Filmmaker Anneta Papathanassiou exposes pervasive erosions of Afghan women’s rights. Her timely, eye-opening documentary perfectly captures art’s transformative power and the dangers these courageous women face to do the work they love.
Introduction and post screening discussion TBA.
Last Updated January 18, 2017.