Spring Showcase 2016: China Now

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Join us for “China Now: Independent Visions" on Sunday, May 1 for a four-part film series that begins at 1 p.m., as part of the 6th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival, presented by Pacific Arts Movement.

"China Now" celebrates the daring spirit and creative innovation of independent filmmakers and festival organizers in mainland China, where the Beijing Independent Film Festival has been one of the leading platforms for independent and underground film artists. During that time, it’s also been blocked, challenged, and even outright cancelled by the government. In 2015, a collective called Cinema on the Edge decided to bring selections from the festival to New York City and across the U.S. The SDAFF Spring Showcase is their San Diego stop.

We begin the "China Now" program with A FILMLESS FESTIVAL (1 p.m.). See through a collection of various footage what happened when the 11th Beijing Independent Film Festival was forced into cancellation.

During the ANIMATED SHORTS PROGRAM (3 p.m.), watch how six short animations breathtakingly imagine pasts and futures through diverse styles such as ink wash painting, Tibetan thangka and 3D computer graphics.

In SPARK (5:10 p.m.), discover a series of interviews about four young intellectuals who wanted to expose the devastating famine caused by Mao’s Great Leap Forward, a horrendous period of national suffering that is still unmentioned in China’s history textbooks today.

An artful fusion of fiction and documentary, THE RIVER OF LIFE (7:20 p.m.) tells a family's history woven around the death of a grandmother and the birth of a child, concluding our day dedicated to "China Now."

SCREENINGS SCHEDULE:
Sunday, May 1

1:00 p.m. A FILMLESS FESTIVAL
3:00 p.m. ANIMATED SHORTS PROGRAM
5:10 p.m. SPARK
7:20 p.m. THE RIVER OF LIFE

For tickets and trailers, see FESTIVAL.SDAFF.ORG
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By: Pacific Arts Movement

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