Outside/Inside: China Through Different Decades and Different Frames

Event details

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Thursday, April 11, 2024 from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Hatcher Gallery Event Space, Hatcher Library North

Event typeFilm Screening
SeriesChina Ongoing Perspectives

Join us for two nights of film viewing showcasing documentaries about China through the lens of European and Chinese directors — with stories spanning the 1950s, 1970s, and 1990s. Discussants are U-M Postdoctoral Fellows Gavin Healy and Yukun Zeng. Followed by Q&A. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, April 10

Sunday in Peking ‘Dimanche à Pekin’
Director: Chris Marker
1956, 18.5 minutes
French avant-garde filmmaker Chris Marker takes the viewer on a journey through Peking — its traditions, history, and banalities of everyday life.

Chung Kuo, Cina
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
1972, first 32 minutes
Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni was invited to China in 1972, where he produced a film presenting his impressions of a five-week tour of cities, historical sites, and monuments of socialist construction. Later denounced by the Chinese government as an “anti-China clown” who employed “despicable tricks” to defame the Chinese people, the following decades have come to see a reassessment of Antonioni and his film.

How Yukong Moved the Mountains
Director: Joris Ivens
1974 (The Ball), 17.5 minutes
A supporter and documentarian of Chinese socialism since the 1930s, Joris Ivens returned to China in the last days of the Cultural Revolution to produce a multi-part chronicle of ordinary people and their place in the Chinese revolution.

Thursday, April 11

A Young Patriot
Director: Haibin Du
2015, 1 hour 45 minutes
A Chinese documentary that explores China's youths born after 1990 through 19-year-old "patriotic exhibitionist" Zhao as he begins to question nationalism and is challenged by Western influences.

The China Ongoing Perspectives (CHOP) film series is sponsored by the U-M Library and the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies. 


Library contact

Liangyu Fu · liangyuf@umich.edu

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