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Get yer Chinese underground films on - 1/30 NYC

From Underground to Independent: New Cinema from China

The China Institute and dGenerate Films presents
Friday, January 30, 2009
6:30pm - 8:00pm
China Institute
125 E 65th St
New York, NY

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"Join us for TWO SCREENINGS and a LIVE Q&A with insiders from the burgeoning Chinese indie film scene:

6:30-7:15 PMSAN YUAN LI (45 min, OU Ning, CAO Fei, 2003)

Equipped with video cameras, twelve artists present a highly-stylized portrait of SAN YUAN LI, a traditional village besieged by China's urban sprawl. Reminiscent of Dziga Vertov's THE MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA (USSR, 1929) and Godfrey Reggio's KOYAANISQATSI (USA, 1982), China's rapid modernization is brilliantly presented, with fast-edited scenes choreographed to music. Commissioned by the Venice Berlinale, SAN YUAN LI explores the modern paradox of China's economic growth and social marginalization.

7:20-7:40 PMDIGITAL UNDERGROUND IN THE PRC(18 min: 6 episodes, 3 min each, Rachel Tejada, 2008)

On a mission to acquire films and seek out the best and brightest of the Chinese independent film scene, Karin Chien and Suyin So from dGenerate Films visited post-Olympics China in September 2008 Traveling from Shanghai to Nanjing to Beijing with cameras rolling, they found China's OTHER film community. Join them as they visit the largest underground film festival in China, explore the spirit of independence in Beijing, tour film compounds, attend a government-approved film event, and discuss the future of Chinese cinema. Karin Chien and other members of the dGenerate Films team will lead an open discussion.(Videos courtesy of and Berlin Cameron United/WPP)

ADMISSION: $5 for China Institute non-members, $3 for members.This film series is made possible through the generosity of the public and private grantors, and the support of the general public. All proceeds will go to the Education Department at China Institute to support future programming.
FREE popcorn and refreshments will be served and an open discussion will follow the screening.

Seating is LIMITED. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please visit for tickets.For further info, contact or 212-744-8181 x150"
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