You are invited to a workshop “The Seen and Unseen: New Directions of Documentary Cinema” from June 15 to 19 in Beijing, China, which includes filming screenings and panel discussions, featuring Richard Peña, Professor of Film, Columbia University School of the Arts; Lydia H. Liu, W.T. Tam Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University; Ying Qian, Assistant Professor at Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University, as well as prominent Beijing-based scholars, filmmakers and critics as listed below.

Agenda:

June 15 (Wed)  – Day 1

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Film screening 1 and discussion led by Professor Richard Pena: Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel, 2012)

8:00 p.m. – 10:15 p.m.  Film screening 2 and discussion led by Professor Richard Pena: The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2015)

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Light refreshments will be provided.

 

Full Workshop Agenda:

June 15 (Wed)  6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Film screening 1 and discussion led by Professor Richard Pena: Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel, 2012)

June 15 (Wed) 8:00 p.m. – 10:15 p.m.  Film screening 2 and discussion led by Professor Richard Pena: The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2015)

June 16 (Thur) 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Film screening 3 and discussion led by Professor Richard Pena: Containment (Robb Moss and Peter Galison, 2015)

June 17 (Fri)

  • 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Panel 1: Being in the World: Sensuous Experience and Ethnographic Filmmaking, chaired by Professor Richard Pena
  • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Our Terrible Country (Mohammad Ali Atassi & Ziad Homsi, 2015): It is the first screening of an outstanding work of Emergency Cinema in China. For its urgency and unique vision, Our Terrible Country won the 2014 Grand Prix of the International Competition at FID Marseille. It will be introduced by Professor Lydia Liu.

June 18 (Sat)

  • 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Panel 2: Reckoning with Power: The Documentary and Politics, chaired by Assistant Professor Ying Qian
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Public Event: Chinese Independent Cinema: 20 Years after Xiao Wu – Conversation with Jia Zhangke 
  • 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Xiao Wu (Jia Zhangke, 1997)

June 19 (Sun)

  • 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Panel 3: Filming History and Memory, chaired by Professor Lydia Liu