Co-sponsored by SAS Signature Course "Global East Asia," Department of Geography, Confucius Institute, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and Center for Global Work & Employment.
This film screening is in connection with tomorrow's talk, "Transparency and Digital Placemaking in Shenzhen," by Fan Yang from University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Acclaimed Chinese director Jia Zhangke's (贾樟柯) casts a compassionate eye on the daily loves, friendships and desperate dreams of the twenty-somethings from China's remote Provinces who come to live and work at Beijing's World Park. A bizarre cross-cultural pollination of Las Vegas and Epcot Center, World Park features lavish shows performed amid scaled-down replicas of the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, St. Mark's Square, the Pyramids and even the Twin Towers. From the sensational opening tracking shot of a young dancer's backstage quest for a Band-Aid to poetic flourishes of animation and clever use of text-messaging, Jia pushes past the kitsch potential of this surreal setting—a real-life Beijing tourist destination. The Village Voice called Jia Zhangke the world's greatest filmmaker under forty, and THE WORLD is his funniest, most inventive and touching work to date. (Zeitgeistfilms.com)