Asia LENS: Fall 2008
Free and open to the public, each of these screenings will be introduced by a local scholar who will also lead a post-screening discussion. This series is a collaboration between AEMS and the Spurlock Museum.
All events are held at the Spurlock Museum's Knight Auditorium,
Fall 2008 Calendar:
October 21, 2008, 7:00pm: The Flute Player, with Judy Ledgerwood
Directed by Peter Cohn, 2006, 70 minutes. In English and Chinese with English subtitles.
Poshek Fu (Professor of History, Cinema Studies, and East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Director of the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, UIUC) leads the discussion.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008, 7:00 pm
A trans-Pacific story launches our series, highlighting an issue that touches nearly everyone’s lives in some way: illegal immigration. Following the legal travails and eventual fates of a group of illegal Chinese immigrants shipwrecked on Long Island in 1993, Golden Venture gives us a window into the constant circulation of Chinese laborers to and from the U.S., showing both the attraction of sojourn in the U.S. and the sacrifice it entails.
Directed by Jocelyn Glatzer, 2003, 53 minutes. In English and Khmer with English subtitles.
Judy Ledgerwood (Associate Professor and Department Chair of Anthropology at Northern Illinois University) leads the discussion.
Tuesday, October 21, 7:00 pm
The Spurlock Museum will be hosting Arn Chorn-Pond for a CAS/MillerComm Lecture/Performance on October 23; he will also make appearances before Urbana High School students and U of I students. His visit to Champaign-Urbana is made possible with support from the Illinois Arts Council and the following U of I campus units: the Center for Advanced Studies, LAS Initiative for Global Studies, The School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics, and the School of Music.
The Flute Player web page on PBS's P.O.V. website. Includes extensive background information on Cambodian music and history, Arn Chorn-Pond, the film, and filmmaker Jocelyn Glatzer.
The Flute Player web page on The Center for Asian American Media's website (distributors of the DVD)
"The Flute Player Lesson Plan: Lost Childhoods: Exploring the Consequences of Collective Violence (Part 2),” the second in a three-part study guide created by Facing History and Ourselves, is available for download from either of the above websites.
Scholastic News: The Flute Player - a set of articles on Arn Chorn-Pond, the film The Flute Player, and Cambodia
Reviewed by Merle Bertrand at Film Threat, June 15, 2003.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
In conjunction with the hands-on exhibit Children Just Like Me, the Spurlock Museum and AEMS are hosting an all-day family event, with games, music and crafts, community resource tables from local organizations, and three films for and about kids, shown throughout the day.
10:15 - Going to School in India, the first 3 of 9 short films. 2007. In English. Based on the 2005 children's book by Lisa Heydlauff.
10:45 - Families of Korea. 2001, 30 minutes. In English.
11:30 - Going to School in India, the second 3 of 9 short films.
12:00 - Time for School: The Global Education Crisis. 2003, 47 minutes. In English.
1:00 - Going to School in India, the third 3 of 9 short films.
1:30 - "What's It Like To Go to School in Asia?" Panel discussion with Sunny Jeong (Korean Cultural Center), Waunita Kinoshita (Urbana High School and Parkland College), and Indira Rajagopalan (Complex Director for University Apartments, UIUC)
2:45 - Back to School: The Ongoing Struggle to Educate the World's Children. 2006, 52 minutes. In English.
There are almost as many ways to learn as there are children, and the ways that children thrive and struggle in every environment imaginable are sensitively and sympathetically portrayed in these videos, introducing school life in Afghanistan, India, Japan, Korea, and other countries, in styles engaging and accessible to children.
Click on the links above for full descriptions. Going to School in India and Families of Korea are appropriate for children of all ages; Time for School and Back to School would be of more interest to older children and adults.
A panel of local educators with Asia expertise will discuss the films with parents and teachers.
Back to School official website on PBS's Wide Angle. Includes extensive background information, photos, notes, a map, and other resources.
Going to School in India official website. Includes information on both the book and the film. You can download mini-books here!
Going to School in India trailer
Going to School, the non-profit organization that produced Going to School in India. Includes activities for kids as well as information for adults.
Time for School
2004 Cine Golden Eagle Award
2004 Gabriel Awards - Certificate of Merit Award
Back to School
Going to School in India:
Families of Korea:
Last Updated November 7, 2008.