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April 22, 2013Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
(Alison Klayman / 2012 / USA / 91 minutes)
Ai Weiwei is China's most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.
Followed by discussion with Michelle Yun, Contemporary Art Curator, Asia Society
Presented in conjunction with the Port Jefferson Documentary Series.
May 6, 2013
Seeking Asian Female
(Debbie Lum / 2012 / USA / 80 minutes)
Seeking Asian Female is a quirky, intensely intimate, totally captivating documentary about love, marriage, "yellow fever" ... and documentary filmmaking. It is an eccentric modern love story about Steven and Sandy—an aging white man with "yellow fever" who is obsessed with marrying any Asian woman, and the young Chinese bride he finds online. Debbie, a Chinese American filmmaker, documents and narrates with skepticism and humor, from the early stages of Steven’s search for an Asian bride, through the moment Sandy steps foot in America for the first time, to a year into their precarious union. Global migration, Sino-American relations and the perennial battle of the sexes, weigh in on the fate of their marriage in this intimate and quirky personal documentary.
Followed by discussion with director Debbie Lum. Presented in conjunction with the Port Jefferson Documentary Series.Monday, May 6, 2013, 7:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theater
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