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Faces of Hong Kong: New Short Documentary Films

Curated by Tammy Cheung (張虹). Presented by Prof. Chris Berry (KCL Film Studies) in association with Visible Record (Hong Kong)
Time: 6.30 pm, Wednesday 20 March
Place: Nash Lecture Theatre (K2.31), King’s College London, Strand, WC2R 2LS
The event is free and open to all, but registration via eventbrite is essential. More...

Call for papers: Healthcare in China, a medical-humanities perspective

Interdisciplinary workshop jointly convened by Oxford Brookes University and Peking University HSBC Business School UK Campus, Friday 14th June 2019. https://www.brookes.ac.uk/hss/events/healthcare-in-china---a-medical-humanities-perspective/ More...

Body Mirrors: transcultural reflections on an Edo medical puppet

An international, interdisciplinary workshop led by Shan JIANG 姜姗 (Peking University; UCL IAS), in conversation with Vivienne Lo (UCL History), Man GU 顾漫 (China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences; NRI), Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (Goldsmiths) and Isabelle Lawrence (Science Museum).
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Acu-Moxa and Qi 氣: a UCL IAS Talking Points seminar

with IAS visiting research fellow Dr Shan Jiang 姜姗, and respondents Dr Vivienne Lo and Dr Nancy Holroyde-Downing.
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Chinese New Year Festivities

Celebrate the New Year of the Pig with CCHH in the Refectory (UCL Wilkins Building, Lower Ground) on Monday 4 February 2019, from 6pm onwards. More...

Chinese Food Philosophy: A Recipe for Life

Vivienne Lo (UCL CCHH), Bee Wilson and Ching-He Huang in conversation with Donald Sloan.
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Madness in Paris, Paris in Madness: The City, Emotions and the Insane at the Dawn of Mass Society

A History of Psychological Disciplines Seminar with Professor Jean-Jacques Courtine (University of Auckland, NZ / QMUL.
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Movement Matters: Dance, Kinaesthesia and the Avant-Garde

A workshop-performance event to mark the paperback edition of Irina Sirotkina and Roger Smith, The Sixth Sense of the Avant-Garde: Dance, Kinaesthesia and the Arts in Revolutionary Russia (Bloomsbury, December 2018).
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The Silent Teacher

24 September 2017

Film screening, 18 October 2017, 7pm, IAS Common Ground, South Wing, Wilkins Building. European première of The Silent Teacher 那個靜默的陽光午後 (Taiwan, 2016).

A moving and intellectually provocative documentary on body donation from the perspective of one donor’s family, directed by Maso Chen 陳志漢 and produced by Ging Lee 李孟津 .

Plus video Q&A with the director, and panel discussion with Professor Chris Berry (KCL Film Studies), Dr Vivienne Lo 羅維前 (UCL History) and Dr James Wilson (UCL Philosophy).

Admission by free ticket:
https://ucl-cchh_silent_teacher.eventbrite.co.uk


Silent Teacher1

Synopsis

When is a corpse not a corpse? Perhaps when she is your teacher, or your wife. The Silent Teacher is a lesson in how to negotiate between the corporeal connection with a deceased loved one and a commitment to medical research.

The body of Hsu Yu-e 徐玉娥 (the 'Silent Teacher' of the title) has been donated to the College of Medicine at Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei after her death from cancer. Her husband Lin Hui-tsung 林惠宗 expresses his continued respect and affection for his wife by bringing her news of the family, caressing her and brushing her hair, as though keeping her dead body alive through the year-long embalming process. Maso Chen follows Mr Lin on his journey as he deals with his grief, with his troubled family, with anatomy professors and morgue workers. In parallel, the students for whom Mrs Lin becomes a ‘Silent Teacher’ ('Dati laoshi' 大體老師) embark on a journey that not only teaches them anatomy, but also engages them with Taiwanese customs and beliefs about life and the nature of the soul. Matter-of-fact and understated in tone, Maso Chen’s first full-length documentary is both moving and intellectually provocative.

Director Maso Chen (Chen Zhihan 陳志漢)

Maso Chen began his career in community development. He believes that the visual medium is the most effective way to change the world and focuses on the creation of visual work that will have a positive social impact. In addition to being a cinematographer and a director, he co-founded The Classic Vision Co. Ltd with fellow film director and frequent collaborator Wuna Wu (Wu Tairen 吴汰紝).

Chen Maso




Trailer

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzQjk4IFqhdwbDY5ZFlrUnotbW8/view

From the Chinese Press

Taipei Times:
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2017/03/30/2003667728/1

South China Morning Post:

http://www.scmp.com/culture/film-tv/article/2110861/film-about-taiwanese-family-donating-body-dissection-required

http://www.scmp.com/culture/film-tv/article/2111036/film-review-silent-teacher-new-light-shed-body-donation-science

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