AsiaLENS is a film screening and discussion series offering campus and community audiences an opportunity to view documentary and independent film on issues reflecting contemporary life in Asia.
Presented admission free by the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Spurlock Museum and Asian Educational Media Service, audiences engage with local and visiting experts who introduce the films and lead post-screening discussions.
Spring 2020 screenings are held at 7pm on the second Tuesday of the months of February, March, and April at Spurlock Museum, located at 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL.
AsiaLENS screenings are funded in part by the Spurlock Museum's Y.T. Lo and S. de Mundo Lo Scholar's Studio Endowment and B.A. Knight Endowment.
Full schedule for Spring 2020 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, Spring 2019, Fall 2019
AsiaLENS Upcoming Spring 2020 Calendar:
The Man Who Built Cambodia
Day of the Western Sunrise
Introduction and post-screening discussion TBA
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 7pm
This film explores the life of Vann Molyvann, an architect whose work came to represent a new identity for a country emerging from independence, and whose incredible story encompasses Cambodia's turbulent journey as a modern nation. In Cambodia's post-independence period, Molyvann had been at the center of a renaissance, developing a distinctive architectural style, New Khmer Architecture. Returning in the 1990s, Molyvann is marginalized from public life and many of his works are destroyed or neglected.
Post-screening discussion with Jason Finkelman, Asian Educational Media Service and Michael Koerner, Lecturer, Department of Chemistry
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 7pm
“Day of the Western Sunrise” is an animated, Japanese language documentary about the crew of the tuna trawler Daigo Fukuryu Maru, or The Lucky Dragon No. 5. On March 1st, 1954, the fishermen onboard the Lucky Dragon survived the biggest explosion ever caused by man, the Castle Bravo thermonuclear test in the Pacific Ocean. The film tells how their lives were forever changed while showing the long-term impact of this devastating event.
Post-screening discussion with filmmaker Adam James Smith
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 7pm
Last Updated January 21, 2020