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.
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
The Song Collector
Post-screening discussion with Liwei Zhang
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.
Introduction and post-screening discussion with Stefan P. Fiol
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 7pm
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.
Introduction and post-screening discussion TBD
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 7pm
Last Updated January 10, 2019