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September 21, 2011

Anna May Wong: "In Her Own Words" 

A one hour documentary by Yunah Hong

Introduction and discussion by Writer/ Director Yunah Hong, joined Dr. Shirley Lim, Assistant Professor of History & Asian American Studies at Stony Brook University.

"I represent one considerable spot of yellow that's come to stay on the silver of the screen," declared the legendary Chinese American actress Anna May Wong (1905-1961) early in her career. Intricately constructed and visually rich, Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words chronicles the life of the first Asian American actress to grace Hollywood screens in the early twentieth century.                   

Free admission, all welcome, seating limited.

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Wednesday, September 21 7pm, Wang Center Theater

October 3, 2011

Give Up Tomorrow

(Michael Collins / 2011 / UK / 90 minutes / English, Filipino, and Spanish with English Subtitles)

Give Up Tomorrow

Set amidst old world vestiges of colonialism, classism and backdoor politics in the Philippines, Give Up Tomorrow tells the story of Paco Larrañaga, wrongfully convicted for the 1997 murder of Marijoy and Jacqueline Chong. Rather than simply building an evidentiary case about an individual injustice, the film exposes the roots of this miscarriage to reveal the interconnected complexities that permeate Filipino culture, and explores schism of race, class, and political power at the core of the Philippine’s tumultuous democracy. Give Up Tomorrow is also an intimate family drama, telling the story of the Larrañagas’ struggle to free their son, and the Chongs’ search for justice for their daughters.  The film won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Special Guests: Director Michael Collins and Producer Marty Syjuco

Part of the Port Jefferson Documentary Film Series

Tickets: $5.00. Free admission for SB students.

Monday, October 3, 7pm, Wang Center Theater

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October 12, 2011  Photo Credit: Mary Cybulski

Amigo Film Screening with Writer and Director John Sayles

(John Sayles / 2011 / USA / 128 minutes / English)

Celebrated writer and director John Sayles comes to Stony Brook’s Charles B. Wang Center for a special screening of his 17th feature film, Amigo, a searing exploration of guerilla warfare and American interventionism in the Philippine-American War.

Amigo stars legendary Filipino actor Joel Torre as Rafael, mayor of a village occupied by American troops. Rafael comes under pressure from a tough-as-nails officer (Chris Cooper) to help the Americans in their hunt for Filipino guerilla fighters. But Rafael’s brother (Ronnie Lazaro) is the head of the local guerillas, and considers anyone who cooperates with the Americans to be a traitor. Rafael quickly finds himself forced to make the impossible, potentially deadly decisions faced by ordinary civilians in an occupied country. A powerful drama of friendship, betrayal, romance and heartbreaking violence, Amigo is a page torn from the untold history of the Philippines, and a mirror of today’s unresolvable conflicts.

Preceding the screening, John Sayles reads from his new novel Moment in the Sun, from which Amigo is drawn.

Reception to follow.

Special Guest: Academy Award Nominee John Sayles

Wednesday, October 12, 4:00 pm, Wang Center Theater

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October 17, 2011

Wo Ai Ni Mommy

(Stephanie Wang-Breal / 2010 / USA / 77 minutes / English)

From 2000-2008, China was the leading country for U.S. international adoptions. There are now approximately 70,000 Chinese children being raised in the United States. Wo Ai Ni Mommy explores what happens when an older Chinese girl is adopted into an American family. This film reveals the complicated gains and losses that are an inherent aspect of international, transracial adoption.

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In 2007 Donna and Jeff Sadowsky of Long Island, New York submitted their dossier to adopt eight-year old Fang Sui Yong from Guangzhou, China. From the very first moment Sui Yong meets her new mother, Donna, we get a real sense of the emotional confusion and loss Sui Yong experiences, as adoption workers translate their first words of communication. This day will change Sui Yong’s life, forever. Language, habits, food, everything she knows will never be the same. Her new life in America is filled with happiness and confusion. As she struggles to survive in this new world, we witness her transform into a lively, outspoken American. Sui Yong has become someone neither she nor Donna could have imagined. In a sense, she’s the same girl Donna met in Guangzhou all those months ago – and yet she’s utterly different.

Part of the Port Jefferson Documentary Film Series

Special Guest: Donna Sadowsky

Tickets: $5.00. Free admission for SB students.

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 Monday, October 17, 7pm, Wang Center Theater

November 1, 2011

When Harry Tries to Marry

(Navan Padrai / 2011/ USA / 93 minutes / English)

HWhen Harry Tries to Marryarry is 22, handsome, charming – and determined to avoid the kind of “love marriage” that left his assimilated Indian parents bitterly divorced. Instead, he seeks a traditional arranged marriage with to an eligible young woman from India. But when he travels to India to meet his bride, Nita, he begins to question his plan. Will he choose the security of a traditional marriage, or will he pursue his blossoming feelings for his American friend Theresa? When Harry Tries to Marry

is a cross-cultural romantic comedy about the ultimate blind date. Directed by Nayan Padrai, with Rahul Rai (Harry), Stefanie Estes (Theresa), and Freisha Bomanbehram (Nita).

Special Guests: Director Nayan Padrai and Selected Cast Members

Free admission.

Tuesday, November 1, 7pm, Wang Center Theater

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