Media Database Search
advanced search | only AEMS collection >


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 in collaboration with the Spurlock Museum -- presenting recent documentary 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 every first Tuesday of the month during Fall and Spring semesters at the University of Illinois.

The Spurlock Museum is located at 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL.

Full schedule for Fall 2010 is listed below.

Information on past screenings:Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010


AsiaLENS Fall 2010 Calendar:

Journey of a Red Fridge
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
7:00 pm
Spurlock Museum

1428
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
7:00 pm
Spurlock Museum

Unmistaken Child
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
7:00 pm
Spurlock Museum

Burma VJ
December 7, 2010
7:00 pm
Spurlock Museum


Journey of a Red Fridge
Tuesday, September 7, 2010, 7:00 pm

Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium
600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL

Journey of a Red Fridge
by Lucian Muntean and Natasa Stankovic, 2007, 52 minutes.
In Napali with English subtitles.

Discussion led by Ritu Saksena (Associate Director, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, UI).

 

Red Fridge

Description:

As a 17 year old student living in a small village in Nepal, Hari has supported his education for three years by working as a porter carrying heavy loads through the mountains.  Journey of a Red Fridge, accompanies Hari on one of his jobs -- a four-day trek carrying a large red fridge through Nepal’s stunning mountainous landscape, past lush riverside hot springs, Buddhist temples and small thatched hut villages.  Along the way, Hari’s innermost thoughts are revealed, expressing his fears and hopes for the future.  The film also portrays the economic and social conditions that have allowed child labor to make up 25% of the country’s workforce. 

Supported by the Global Fund for Children, Journey of a Red Fridge is an unforgettable documentary film that provides an acute portrait of child labor in the developing world.

Resources:

Official website: Luman Docs
Contains a synopsis of the film, image galleries, film clips, interviews and how to order the film.

Journey of a Red Fridge was produced in association with The Global Fund For Children.


1428
Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 7:00 pm

Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium
600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL

1428, by Haibin Du, 2009, 117 minutes.
In Mandarin with English subtitles.

Discussion led by Kevin Lee (Vice President of Programming and Education, dGenerate Films).

1428

Description:

Awarded as the Best Documentary at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival, 1428 is a stunning exploration of the 8.0 earthquake that shook China’s Sichuan province in 2008, causing 70,000 deaths and 375,000 casualties.  Directed by Du Haibin, 1428 goes beyond the filtered official visits portrayed in mainstream media, documenting the aftermath some seven months after the Great Sichuan Earthquake took place at exactly 14:28 on May 12, 2008.  While villagers are preparing for the Lunar New Year, and promises made for housing everyone through the winter seem tough to keep, a never-ending parade of tourists arrive with New Year‘s Day, buying DVDs of the most horrific scenes, souvenir albums of corpses being pulled out of the ruins, and photo-taking in front of Beichuan, the town most severely hit, where tens of thousands of people perished in seconds.

Resources:

Official website: dGenerate Films has film descripton, credits, and trailier

***** SPECIAL PRESENTATION *****

Chinese Cinema from the Fifth Generation to the d-Generation
Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 3:30 pm

Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium
600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL

Kevin Lee, Vice President of Programming and Education of dGenerate Films, will present a special lecture on contemporary, independent film and filmmakers in China. Free and open to the public.


Unmistaken Child
Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 7:00 pm

Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium
600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL

Unmistaken Child, by Nati Baratz, 2008, 102 minutes.
In English, Tibetan, Hindi and Nepali with English subtitles.

Discussion led by Alexander L. Mayer (Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures and Religious Studies, UI)

Unmistaken Child

Description:

Unmistaken Child follows a Tibetan monk’s unforgettable four-year search for the reincarnation of his beloved teacher, Geshe Lama Konchog, a world-renowned Tibetan master who passed away in 2001 at age 84.  A devoted disciple since the age of 7, Tenzin Zopa studied with and escorted Lama Konchog on all of his worldwide teachings and activities.  Following Lama Konchog’s death, Tenzin is charged by the Dalai Lama to search for his master’s reincarnation, which leads to a remarkable quest on foot, mule and even helicopter, through breathtaking landscapes and remote traditional Tibetan villages.  Along the way, Tenzin listens to stories about young children with special characteristics, and performs rarely seen ritualistic tests designed to determine the likelihood of reincarnation.

In Unmistaken Child, Israeli director Nati Baratz presents a stunningly shot film which offers a rare glimpse into the Buddhist concept of reincarnation in practice.

Resources:

The Official Website for Unmistaken Child includes information about the film, filmmakers, reincarnation, and a trailer.

Distrubution in the US: Oscilloscope Laboratories


Burma VJ
Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 7:00 pm

Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium
600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL

Burma VJ, by Anders Østergaard, 2008, 84 minutes.
In Burmese and English with English subtitles.

Discussion led by Nancy Benson (Associate Professor, Department of Journalism, College of Media, UI)

Burma VJ

Description:

Courageous young citizens of Burma risk torture and life in jail to keep the flow of news open from their closed country by smuggling reportages made on small handycams out of the country, which are then broadcast back into Burma via satellite and made available for free usage to the international media.  While these Burma VJs have successfully released single event clips to international audiences, Danish filmmaker Anders Østergaard is the first to succeed in compiling their individual images to at once tell a much bigger story.  Burma VJ offers unique insight into high-risk journalism and dissidence in a police state, while at the same time providing a thorough documentation of the historical and dramatic days of September 2007, when Buddhist monks led a massive, but peaceful rebellion against the military regime.  In following the story of a 27-year old video journalist named “Joshua”, we get a first-hand look at the extreme effort and sacrifice it took to report the events that led to more than 100,000 people taking to the streets in protest of a cruel dictatorship that has held the country hostage for more than 40 years.

Resources:

The official website for Burma VJ has information on the film, the filmmakers, trailers and more.

Distrubution in the US: Oscilloscope Laboratories


 

Last Updated June 30, 2010.

Search Our SiteSite MapEmail Us



footer_logo.gif



[ Overview | Events | AEMS Database | Publications | Local Media Library | MPG | Other Resources ]