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Cut Out the Eyes (China, 2014) & Alao’s Village (China, 2013)
October 29, 2014 @ 7:30 PM$10
UCLA Confucius Institute in partnership with UCLA Film & Television Archive; AFI FEST presented by Audi; Film at REDCAT; Pomona College in Los Angeles; Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC; Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani present “2nd China Onscreen Biennial.”
Cut Out the Eyes / Wa yanjing (China, 2014)
Directed by Xu Tong.
Xu Tong’s documentary presents a vibrant portrait of folk and popular culture in Inner Mongolia. Er Housheng is an itinerant performer, presenting boisterous, musically-infused epic poems recounting his life’s travails. A survivor of many hardships (the title provides a hint), he is a folk hero to rural audiences who respond heartily to his balls-out attitude and his sung summations of universal human foibles.
Cinematographer: Xu Tong. Editor: Xu Tong.
HDCam, color, in Mandarin with English subtitles, 80 min.
Alao’s Village / A’lao de cunzhuang (China, 2013)
Directed by Li Youjie.
Returning to the village where he grew up, a young man probes the gap between his memories of the place he knew as a child, and the realities of the community he returns to. As Alao films his grandmother, parents and fellow villagers, he constructs a bittersweet personal memoir of childhood and loss in this lyrical documentary.
Cinematographer: Li Youjie. Editor: Li Youjie.
HDCam, color, in Yunnan dialect with English subtitles, 75 min.
FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.!