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University of Westminster Contemporary China Centre Seminar

Hong Kong as a Political Community: Sense of Belonging and Personal Expressions. Speaker: Professor Pang Laikwan, Discussants: Dr Shao Jiang, Tim Zihong Yue. Tuesday 18 Nov. 5.30-7.30pm. Boardroom, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, W1B 2HW More...

Published: Nov 15, 2014 3:47:45 PM

Daoist Cooking through the Four Seasons

A practical workshop with Professor Qian Feng, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Wed 19 Nov 6–9pm, repeated on Sat 22 Nov 2:30–5:30pm. Includes a talk by Vivienne Lo. More...

Published: Nov 4, 2014 1:26:51 PM

#UCLfacesRACE, Conversation 2: Why is my curriculum white?

Film + discussion. 13:00–15:30, 11 November 2014, Pearson Building G22 LT. More...

Published: Oct 15, 2014 10:51:41 PM

Emetic remedies in Japanese Koiho 古方 medicine

A talk by Professor Tateno Masami, Nihon University, Monday 27 October 2014, 6.30pm, Astor College LG18. More...

Published: Oct 12, 2014 2:17:54 PM

#UCLfacesRACE: Eugenics@UCL

A UCL BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENT
Friday 10 October 2014, 6–9pm, Galton LT

Includes a talk by CCHH Director Vivienne Lo on ‘Nurturing Chinese students’ and short films by members of UCL. More...

Published: Oct 10, 2014 2:04:00 PM

CCHH film – Mother (Mama 妈妈), dir. Zhang Yuan 张元, 1990.

21 January 2014

Time: Tuesday 28th January 2014, 7pm. Place: Room 107, 25 Gordon Square.
The film that inaugurated the 'Sixth Generation' of Chinese cinema.

Tony Rayns writes:
Released in China only after a two-year ban, Zhang Yuan's debut feature looks at first glance like a Ken Loach 'social problem' movie. It centres on the plight of a woman librarian in Beijing who struggles to bring up her teenage son (retarded since a childhood accident) without help from her absent husband or the state, and juxtaposes that fiction with relevant documentary material. But Zhang isn't content with showing street-level realities for their own sake; he pushes his material towards expressionism, using the mother's inevitable mood swings as keys to the tone and texture of the images, a strategy that brings him within breathing distance of film noir by the end. China's 'Sixth Generation' film-makers couldn't have got off to a stronger start.

Time Out, 1991

Mama



Zhang Yuan would go on to make a succession of controversial and daring movies including Beijing Bastards (Beijing zazhong 北京杂种), 1993, and East Palace, West Palace (Donggong, xigong 东宫西宫), 1996.



This screening is part of Chinese Film and the Body (2013–2014), a series of film evenings exploring social and cultural issues related to health, medicine and the body in 20th and 21st century China, as represented in Chinese cinema.

    The film evenings take place on Tuesdays during term-time, from 12th November 2013 to 11th February 2014.
    Each screening is presented by a specialist and followed by a discussion and/or a live video Q&A session with the director.
    You can find further details of the films and suggestions for background reading here: www.ucl.ac.uk/chinahealth/teaching/chinese_film_and_the_body
    The films are core viewing for the UCL CHH MA module in Chinese Film and the Body.
    Admission is open to all members of UCL as well as registered Friends of the UCL China Centre for Health and Humanity. To register and join our Events mailing list, please follow this link.

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