Nov 19 & 20 Val Wang’s BEIJING BASTARD Book Signing & Film Screening Events
Join Val Wang as she shares her unique, not-quite-outsider’s Chinese American perspective of life and the independent cultural scenes in contemporary China. Book signing to follow. The programs are co-presented by Asian CineVision (ACV).
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 8pm
Admission: $5 at door (with complimentary MYNY cookies and Pocky Pejoy!)
Author Val Wang will present the works of China’s Sixth Generation filmmakers in conjunction with the publication of her memoir BEIJING BASTARD. Seeing the underground Chinese film Beijing Bastards in 1995 led the American-born Wang to move to Beijing in the late 1990’s, where she worked as a journalist and became a subtitler and friend to a cohort of Chinese filmmakers whose use of all-new digital videocameras was revolutionizing the country’s filmmaking. Shot in a loose, observational style, the documentaries and feature films told intimate stories of people whose lives were unfolding against the backdrop of the country’s unprecedented historical transformation into capitalism, people from young rockers to old grandpas. In Wang’s coming-of-age story BEIJING BASTARD, the filmmakers play a central role in her development as an artist and writer. She will talk and read from her book, as well as screen clips from the works of seminal filmmakers such as Zhang Yuan, Wu Wenguang, and Yang Lina. Lesley Yiping Qin, ACV’s Program Manager, will be moderating.
MOCATALKS: Into the Wilds of a Changing China with Val Wang
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 7pm
Admission: Free and open to the public!
Join Val Wang as she shares her unique, not-quite-outsider’s Chinese American perspective of life in contemporary China. After being inspired by seeing the underground Chinese film Beijing Bastards in 1995, Val embarked on a unique form of rebellion in the ancient capital. Her humorous and moving memoir chronicles her coming-of-age journey and also discovery of a city rebelling against its roots. Val will read excerpts from her new memoir, Beijing Bastard, and share film excerpts from China’s Sixth Generation directors. Book signing to follow. This program is co-presented by Asian CineVision (ACV). Lesley Yiping Qin, ACV’s Program Manager, will be moderating.