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.
Fall 2017, screenings will be presented on the second Tuesdays of September, October, and November at Spurlock Museum, located at 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL. **PLEASE NOTE** Screening times have changed to 3PM.
Full schedule for Spring 2018 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
AsiaLENS Upcoming Spring 2018 Calendar:
Paths Of The Soul
Guangzhou Dream Factory
Drawing The Tiger
Introduction and post-screening discussion TBD.
Filmmaker Zhang Yang blurs the border between fictional drama and documentary in following a group of Tibetan villagers who leave their families and homes in the small village of Nyima to make a Buddhist "bowing pilgrimage" - laying their bodies flat on the ground after every few steps - along the 1,200 mile road to Lhasa, the holy capital of Tibet. Though united in their remarkable devotion, each of the travelers embarks on this near impossible journey for very personal reasons. Stunningly photographed over the course of an entire year, with non-professional actors and no script, Paths of the Soul is a mesmerizing study of faith.
Online, post-screening discussion with Erica Marcus.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 -3:00 pm
Immigration, globalization, Chinese factories and African dreams... Guangzhou Dream Factory weaves stories of Africans chasing alluring, yet elusive 'Made in China' dreams into a compelling critique of our 21st century global economy that offers fresh perspective on China and African development.
Introduction and post-screening discussion TBD
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 3:00 pm
Last Updated January 10, 2018. Aug 2018.