Film Event

Upcoming Events

TONIGHT! (Tuesday, 10/6) 7PM  at the State Theatre

Only You 命中注定 (2015. Directed by Zhang Hao) is part of the Electric Shadows: 2015 Contemporary Chinese Film Series Sponsored by the Confucius Institute and Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies at U-M.

A romantic comedy directed by Zhang Hao and starring Tang Wei and Liao Fan, this film is a remake of 1994's Only You. A bride-to-be travels to Italy to find her fated lover and falls in love. 113 min. Unrated. Mandarin with English subtitles.

Creating Contemporary Chinese Ballet: Conversation with Beijing Dance Academy Choreographer Xiao Suhua

TOMORROW NIGHT! (Wednesday, October 7th) 12-1pm, Koessler Room, Michigan League


What are the possibilities for experimental ballet in China today? How does the medium of dance allow artists to deconstruct and recreate literary classics? Based on more than six decades of experience in China's ballet world, Professor Xiao Suhua will discuss his views on contemporary ballet in China past and present. He will also introduce and discuss two of his own recent experimental dance adaptations of Chinese literary classics, including Legend of the White Snake and Dream of Red Mansions. A brief question and answer session will follow.


Xiao Suhua (肖苏华) ranks among China’s foremost choreographers and teachers of contemporary dance. Born in Moscow in 1937 to agents of China’s underground Communist Party, he trained in Soviet dance academies and returned to newly-established Communist China after the 1949 revolution. Prof. Xiao began his career as a conduit for Beijing-Moscow cultural exchanges, a role lasting into the 1960s. He survived persecution during the Cultural Revolution to emerge as one of China’s most influential advocates of contemporary dance. His choreography brings together Soviet dramatic and symphonic dance idioms with traditional Chinese tales like Dream of the Red Chamber and White Snake. Today, Prof. Xiao maintains close creative relationships with global dance institutions including the Bolshoi Ballet, traveling frequently and sitting on numerous juries in Asia and Europe. This will be his first lecture and workshop series in the United States, offering a rare window into the contemporary arts culture of China and Russia, and the history of Sino-Soviet cultural collaboration. Prof. Xiao is fluent in Russian and Mandarin.

Chinese Film Presentation: "Nowhere to Call Home"

Nowhere to Call Home
Documentary film screening and Q&A with film director Jocelyn Ford

April 235-7pm
Forum Hall, Palmer Commons
100 Washtenaw Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 

A documentary film by Jocelyn Ford.
Film screening followed by a Q&A with the director.

Filmed over three years in Beijing and Tibet; 89 minutes

Free and Open to the Public

Nowhere To Call Home
 tells the powerful story of Zanta, a Tibetan woman who moved to Beijing against the wishes of her in-laws so that her young son could get an education. "The film breaks down the sometimes romantic Shangri-La view that Westerners have of Tibet... and offers a shocking portrait of the outright racism... Tibetans face in Chinese parts of the country." The New York Times
SYNOPSIS:  Widowed at 28, Tibetan farmer Zanta defies her tyrannical father-in-law and after her husband's death refuses to marry the family's only surviving son. When Zanta's in-laws won't let her seven-year-old go to school, she flees her village and heads to Beijing where she becomes a street vendor. Destitute and embattled by discrimination, Zanta inveigles a foreign customer into helping pay her boy's school fees. On a New Year's trip back to her village, Zanta's in-laws take her son hostage, drawing the unwitting American into the violent family feud.  The two women forge a partnership to try to out-maneuver the in-laws, who according to tradition get the final say on their grandson.
Director: Jocelyn Ford, former Beijing and Tokyo bureau chief for the U.S. public radio show Marketplace, has
 been based in East Asia for three decades. During three years of filming Nowhere to Call Home, Jocelyn overcame restrictions on access to Tibetan communities to shine light on the complex choices facing Tibetan farmers living in contemporary China, and to lend new insights into the social fragility of the world's fastest rising power.

Nowhere for Call Home: For more information on the film and director, please access the above link.

Location:  Forum Hall is located on the 4th floor of Palmer Commons in the central campus area of the University of Michigan.  For floor plans and more information on the building, please click on the link below:

Map of Palmer Commons

Lessons in Dissent: Documentary Film Screening & Film Director Presentation

Matthew Torne

Matthew Torne

Director's Talk on Lessons in Dissent
Matthew Torne
Thursday, February 12, 2015, 3:30pm
Educational Conference Center (Room 1840)
School of Social Work Building

Screening of Lessons in Dissent
Film - 100 minutes, Hong Kong
Friday, February 13, 6pm
Stern Auditorium
U-M Museum of Art
525 South State Street

Q&A with the director will follow the screening.

Free and Open to the Public. Filmed over 18 months Lessons in Dissent is a kaleidoscopic, visceral experience charting the rise of a new generation of Hong Kong democracy activists.

Director Matthew Torne moved from Beijing to Hong Kong in 2003 amid the chaos of the SARS outbreak and the turmoil of the Article 23 controversy and has been studying its politics ever since. Lessons in Dissent premiered at the 2014 Hong Kong International Film Festival. The film is his directorial debut.