Wu Wenguang's Memory Project: Film and Oral History Workshop

Thursday, November 7, 2019
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Royce Hall 243

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Wu Wenguang's Memory Project: Film and Oral History Workshop

This workshop will feature an intimate and in-depth discussion with filmmakers Wu Wenguang, Zhang Mengqi, and Hu Tao. They will discuss The Memory Project, an innovative multi-year project combining oral history, documentary filmmaker, dance, performance, and activism.

Venue seating is limited (30 people max), first come first serve.

Zhang Mengqi was born in 1987. She graduated from the Dance Academy of Minzu University of China in 2008. Since 2009, she has been a resident artist at Caochangdi Workstation as a filmmaker and a choreography. She has created documentary films: Self-portrait with Three Women (2010, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival), Self-Portrait: At 47KM (2011, Cinéma du réel; CPH:DOX), Self-portrait: Dancing at 47KM (2012, Cinéma du réel; CPH:DOX), Self-portrait: Dreaming at 47KM (2013), Self-portrait: Building a bridge at 47KM (2014, Beijing Independent Film Festival), Self-portrait: Dying at 47KM (2015, Taiwan international documentary film festival), Self Portrait: Birth in 47 KM (2016, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival), Self Portrait: Sphinx in 47 KM, which 9 films complete her own “self-portrait series”.

Hu Tao was born in 1993 and graduated from the film and television photography in Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, has completed films: Mountain (2013), Village Legend (2015), Dumb Men (2017).

Wu Wenguang was born in south-western China’s Yunnan province in 1956. After graduating from high school in 1974, Wu was send to the countryside, where he worked as farmer for four year. Between 1978 and 1982, he studied Chinese Literature in Yunnan University. After the University, Wu worked as a teach at a junior high school for three years, and later, he worked in the television as a journalist for four years. Wu left the television, moved to Beijing in 1988 to be an independent documentary filmmaker, freelance writer and creator and producer of dance/theater. Wu has completed documentaries, which like Bumming in Beijing: the Last Dreamers (1990), 1966, My Time in the Red Guards (1993), At Home in the World (1995), Jiang Hu: Life on the Road (1999), Dance with Farm Workers (2001), You are Called Outlander (2003), Fuck Cinema (2005), Bare Your Staff (2010), Treating (2010), Investigating My Father (2016). Wu has filmed his “Autobiography series” and has completed 3 films.

Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies