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  • Havana Divas


    DC Premiere

    Thursday, Sept 27, 6:30pm - 8:15pm E Street Cinema

    1h29min | Hong Kong

    Director: S. Louisa WEI 導演:魏時煜

    In collaboration with DC Mayor’s Office on Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs

    Caridad Amaran and Georgina Wong learned the art of Cantonese opera in 1930s Havana. Caridad’s mentor was her foster father, Julian Fong, who immigrated to Cuba in the 1920s after his family forbade him from performing opera. Georgina’s father was a famous tailor in Chinatown, who encouraged her to learn Kungfu and lion dance. Although both were single children, they formed a sisterhood on stage. Throughout the 1940s, Caridad toured cities all over Cuba with Chinese communities, as one of the leading actresses of the opera troupe. Georgina quit opera to attend college, but her study was interrupted by Castro’s 1959 revolution and her required military service. Eventually, she went on to become a diplomat. After retirement and well into their sixties, the two sisters are trying to perform Can- tonese opera again. Will they  nd a stage? Will they  nd an audience?

    “2017 marks the 170th anniversary of the  rst arrival of Chinese in Cuba. I am drawn to stories of Chinese immigrants, but the story of Caridad and Georgina is an unexpected one of how Canton opera blossomed in overseas--with visiting troupes from California, where they sojourned during WWII.” --- S. Louisa WEI

  • A Young Patriot


    Saturday, Sept 29, 7:30pm - 9:45pm E Street Cinema

    1h45min | China

    Director: DU Haibin 導演: 杜海滨

    A Young Patriot is a documentary about a post-90s young man Xiao Zhao. The  lm follows the protagonist Xiao Zhao’s life experience, from a 19-year-old boy waving  ag and shouting slogan “ Long live China! Go China!” on the street of Pingyao ancient town in Shanxi province, to a college student in Chengdu of Sichuan province, and as

    a volunteer teaching in Liangshan Yi autonomous region. It records Xiao Zhao’s emo- tional and ideological change during the four years starting from his senior high school to his sophomore year, and meanwhile witnesses and presents the restlessness and disturbance the Chinese society is currently undergoing.

    “In this stage of society with such information boom, what do these teenagers think about? What is a country? What do they think of their own country? Do they really love their country? How do they express their patriotism? Anyhow, these questions would work all the same on a person born in the 1970s, like myself. I wouldn’t know how to answer them within a short period of time. Thus, I’d like to look for the answers by making this  lm.” --- DU Haibin

  • Take Out


    Saturday, Sept 29, 2:00pm - 3:35pm Asia Nine

    1h27min | United States

    Director: Sean Baker, Shih-Ching Tsou 導演: Sean Baker, 鄒時擎

    Take Out is a 2004 independent  lm depicting a day-in-the-life of an undocumented Chinese immigrant Ming Ding working as a deliveryman for a Chinese take-out shop in New York City. Ming is behind with payments on his huge debt to the smugglers who brought him to the United States. The collectors have given him until the end of the day to deliver the money that is due.


    In a social-realist style, the camera follows Ming on his deliveries throughout the upper Manhattan neighborhood where social and economic extremes exist side by side. Intercut- ting between Ming’s deliveries and the daily routine of the restaurant, Take Out presents a harshly real look at the living status of immigrants in New York City.

  • Mrs. Fang


    DC Premiere

    Sunday, Sept 30, 8:30pm-10:00pm E Street Cinema

    1h26min | China, France, Germany

    Director: WANG Bing 導演: 王兵

    In a quiet village in southern China, Fang Xiuying is sixty-sev- en years old. Having suffered from Alzheimer’s for several years, with advanced symptoms and ineffective treatment, she was sent back home. Now, bedridden, she is surrounded by her relatives and neighbors, as they witness and accompa- ny her through her last days.