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Upcoming Spring 2016 Films

buddha mountain film

Buddha Mountain
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 5:30 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

(2010 | 105 minutes | Drama | Directed by Li Yu)
Free Admission!


Introduction and Q&A by Prof. E.K. Tan, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Department of Cultural Analysis & Theory

Buddha Mountain begins with the story of three young people from Sichuan who share a house: Nanfeng who runs away from her broken family, Ding Bo who does not get along with his father, and Feizao who comes from a wealthy but uncaring family. The trio spend most of their time together, sharing lives with no clear direction. With the renovation of the house they are renting, they are forced to move to a new place. Their new landlady, Yueqin is a Peking Opera performer with a bitter outlook on life. Living under the same roof, conflicts repeatedly arise between Yueqin and the three young tenants. However, as time goes by, these four lonely and lost souls begin to find comfort and warmth among each other, despite their unhappy past.

Presented in partnership with the Confucius Institute at Stony Brook University

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a simple life film

A Simple Life
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 5:30 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

(2011 | 119 minutes | Drama | Directed by Ann Hui)
Free Admission!


Introduction and Q&A by Prof. E.K. Tan, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Department of Cultural Analysis & Theory

From the acclaimed Hong Kong director Ann Hui, A Simple Life is based on producer Roger Lee’s relationship with the family maid who raised him as a child. Sixty years after working for the Liang household, Ah Tao is left serving the young master, Roger, as other family members pass away or migrate to other countries. Though Ah Tao and Roger live amicably and interdependently for a decade, their daily interaction is minimal. When Ah Tao suffers from a stroke and requests to be moved to a retirement home, Roger begins to realize the importance of Ah Tao to him.

This film leads us on a journey as the young master establishes a touching kinship with Ah Tao more than six decades after knowing one another.

Presented in partnership with the Confucius Institute at Stony Brook University

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Past Fall 2015 Films

between the folds film

Between the Folds
On View September 9 to January 8, 2016
Charles B. Wang Center Video Gallery

(2014 | 56 minutes | Documentary | Directed by Vanessa Gould)

Free Admission!

This award–winning documentary that has been translated into more than ten languages and broadcast in dozens of countries chronicles the stories of ten fine artists and intrepid theoretical scientists who have abandoned careers and scoffed at hard–earned graduate degrees—all to forge unconventional lives as modern–day paper folders. 

As they converge on the unlikely medium of origami, these artists and scientists reinterpret the world in paper,and bring forth a bold mix of sensibilities towards art, expressiveness, creativity and meaning. And, together these offbeat and provocative minds demonstrate the innumerable ways that art and science come to bear as we struggle to understand and honor the world around us—as artists, scientists, creators, collaborators, preservers, and simply curious beings.


Origami and the Making of Between the Folds
Vanessa Gould, Director of Between the Folds
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 5:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre



haing ngor film

Port Jefferson Documentary Film Series
The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor
Monday, October 26, 2015 at 6 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

(2015 | USA | 87 min. | English | documentary | Directed by Arthur Dong )

Introduction and Q & A by Wayne Ngor (nephew of Dr. Haing S. Ngor & narrator of the film) and Sophia Ngor (niece of Dr. Haing S. Ngor, who appears in the film)

Set against the backdrop of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge reign of terror, The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor chronicles a powerful journey of love, loss and reconciliation. The years encapsulating this horrific period are seen through the eyes of Dr. Haing S. Ngor, who escaped to America and recreated his experiences in The Killing Fields, winning an Oscar® for his first film. From 1975 to 1979, the Khmer Rouge’s social experiment transformed the country into a communist agricultural utopia, causing the deaths of some two million Cambodians who perished from mass starvation, forced labor, torture, slavery, ethnic cleansing and political executions. Dr. Ngor became the de facto worldwide ambassador for truth and justice in his homeland, only to be gunned down in an alley in Chinatown Los Angeles – a case still surrounded by transnational conspiracy theories.

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love marriage kabul film

Port Jefferson Documentary Film Series
Love Marriage in Kabul
Monday, November 2, 2015 at 6 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

(2014 | 85 min. | Australia | Afghanistan | Persian with English subtitles | documentary | Directed by Amin Palangi)

Love Marriage In Kabul is a fascinating and moving story following romance, courtship and marriage practices in Afghanistan. The film won the Audience Award for best documentary at the 2014 Sydney Film Festival. Love Marriage in Kabul details Mahboba's untangling of a seemingly forbidden love between Abdul, an orphaned boy, and Fatemeh, the girl next door. The documentary is driven with suspense as the characters plot and journey tirelessly to unite Abdul and Fatemeh. This is a film which transcends its genre. It is not a mere recounting of events, nor is it a dramatisation. Rather, the filmmakers have cracked the surface of the story, allowing audiences to be compelled and engrossed in the human drama. In addition, an unexpected pivot escalates tension to a feverish pitch, and the documentary becomes gripping reality.

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people are the sky film

People are the Sky: Journey to North Korea
Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 6 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

(2015 | Korea | 90 minutes | Korean with English subtitles | documentary Directed by Dal Sil Kim-Gibson)

Introduction & Q&A by film’s producer, Dai Sil Kim-Gibson

People Are the Sky, Kim-Gibson’s eighth, and most personal film, connects two ideas: the search for home, and the nature of ordinary people, while exploring the evolution of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in relation to the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the USA. The film's title was inspired by Dong Hak, or eastern learning, the indigenous Korean religion / philosophy that arose in the late 19th century. Dong Hak teaches that God is Ha Nu Nim – he who resides in the sky – and that all people are equal with God: a teaching that elevates common people and gives rise to the saying “People Are the Sky.”

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comrade kim film

Comrade Kim Goes Flying
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 2:30 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall I

(September 8th 2012 | 81 minutes | Korean (English subtitles) | Romantic Comedy | Directed by Nicholas Bonner Anita Daelemans, and Gwang Hun Kim)

Introduction and Q&A by Producer/Director Nicholas Bonner

Comrade Kim Goes Flying is a 2012 joint British-Belgian-North Korean romantic comedy feature film, set and filmed in Pyongyang, North Korea. The film’s star Han Jong-sim, a real life aerialist, took acting lessons especially for the film. She plays a young woman named Kim Yong Mi who is sent from her small mining town to Pyongyang to work at a construction site. She becomes a valued worker and pursues her dream of becoming a circus trapeze artists even as her family and community disapprove. This groundbreaking film tells a story not common in North Korea. It highlights feminist individualism and is void of propaganda. Unlike standard North Korean films, Comrade Kim Goes Flying avoids a leading man and a leading role for the state. Comrade Kim Yong Mi succeeds in winning over the circus bureaucracy and her nemesis, the circus strong man Pak Jang Phil (and his mother) by the strength of her talent, beauty, personality and cleverness.

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About Director-Producer Anja Daelemans

Anja Daelemans graduated from film school in Brussels as a radio and television director, but soon moved over to production. In 1996 she founded the production company Another Dimension of an Idea and began producing projects in 2001. To date her company has won 61 awards through the international film festival circuit. The highlights of her career are two Academy Award® nominations for the short films Fait d’Hiver and Tanghi Argentini. Comrade Kim Goes Flying is her feature directorial debut. Currently, she is working as a drama consultant on a number of television series.

About Director-Producer Nick Bonner

British filmmaker Nick Bonner had earned the trust of the North Korean government by producing the BBC documentary The Game of Their Lives, a largely positive depiction of North Korea's success in the 1966 World Cup. Bonner says Comrade Kim Goes Flyingwas largely inspired by the popularity of another girl-power film, Bend It Like Beckham. He and his colleagues struggled for six years to have the film approved and made for a North Korean audience. In order to remove state control he decided to take the footage out of the country to be edited.

About Director Kim Gwang Hun

Kim Gwang Hun graduated from the Pyongyang University of Drama and Cinema. He follows in the footsteps of his father who directed various films. Kim joined the Korea April 25th Film Studio in 1985 as an assistant director and in 2002, he directed his first feature Unforgettable Man. He remained making military-themed films until the opportunity arose to direct Comrade Kim Goes Flying, the making of which allowed him to take his first trip abroad, to Beijing, to edit the movie.


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