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AsiaLENS
AEMS Documentary and Independent Film Series
at the Spurlock Museum

AsiaLENS is a series of free public film screenings and lecture / discussion programs -- organized by AEMS and the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies 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.

Spring 2019 screenings return to the second Tuesday of the month for February, March and April at Spurlock Museum, located at 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL.

**PLEASE NOTE** Screening times have changed to second Tuesdays at 7p.

Full schedule for Spring 2019 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, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018

 


AsiaLENS Upcoming Spring 2019 Calendar:

The Silk Road of Pop
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL

The Song Collector
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana IL

Finding KUKAN
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL



The Silk Road of Pop
Directed by Sameer Farooq. Co-directed by Ursula Engel.
Produced by Stijn Deklerck.
2013. 53 minutes.

Post-screening discussion with Liwei Zhang
Department of Political Science, Jilin University, China and VASP Scholar, UofI.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 7pm
Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL

 

Description:

The Silk Road of Pop sketches a unique portrait of the vibrant pop music scene among the Uyghur Muslims in North-West China. Featuring traditional musicians, hip-hop crews, rock stars and dynamic music fans, this documentary taps into the rhythmical zeitgeist of what it means to be young and Uyghur in China, showing how music becomes a liberating element for a minority trying to assert its identity within a repressive environment.

Resources:
View a trailer of the film here.
The Silk Road of Pop website
Distributed by Smoke Signal Projects.



The Song Collector
Directed by Erik Koto.
2016. 54 minutes.

Introduction and post-screening discussion with Stefan P. Fiol
Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 7pm
Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL



Description:

Set high in the Indian Himalaya, Ladakh is home to a rich Buddhist culture and an ancient tradition of folk singing. In the 1960s as economic development thrust change upon Ladakh, Morup Namgyal, Ladakh's greatest folk artist, began his lifelong efforts to preserve his beloved folk songs.  ​

Through the lives of three generations of the Namgyal family, The Song Collector explores the uneasy relationship between culture and development and ultimately offers a new vision, inspired by the Buddhist concept of the ‘middle path’, that seeks to find a beneficial coexistence between tradition and modernization.

Resources:
View a trailer of the film here.
The Song Collector website

 



Finding KUKAN
Directed by Robin Lung.
2017. 75 minutes.

Introduction and post-screening discussion TBD

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 7pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL

 

Description:

KUKAN, a landmark color film that revealed the atrocities of World War II China to audiences around the world, was the first ever American feature documentary to receive an Academy Award in 1942. After World War II, the film became lost and no copy of it could be found. When filmmaker Robin Lung discovers a badly damaged film print of the "lost" KUKAN, she pieces together the inspirational tale of the two renegades behind the making of it -- Chinese American playwright Li Ling-Ai and cameraman Rey Scott.

Resources:
View a trailer of the film here.
Finding KUKAN website
Distributed by New Day Films.



 

 

 

 

Last Updated January 10, 2019

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