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Bringing China and the World Together

融合世界 汇聚思想

EVENTS

APR 6, THURS: "Science of Heaven", an RASBJ film showing and QA

For thousands of years, Chinese astronomers have watched the sky, day and night, seeking “symbols from above, which show good or bad fortune” as the Yi Jing or “Book of Changes” put it. They carefully logged observations of comets for 22 centuries, including Halley’s Comet which returns every 76 years.  Yet they never used their vast collection of data points to deduce mathematical theories about the movement of planets and comets as European observers such as Galileo, Kepler or Newton did. But China’s been catching up; Beijing’s space program put a human into orbit in less than four decades, and plans to do the same on the moon. China’s Five-Year Plan calls for accelerated efforts to explore planets, asteroids and the sun. This 52-minute documentary explores the Chinese history of the “Science of Heaven”, establishing links to Beijing’s most recent explorations in astronomy and astrophysics.  The filmmakers visited remote Chinese observatories, witnessed the final construction phase of the world’s largest radio telescope in Guizhou – and hopes to tag along with China’s Lunar Program.

WHAT: "The Science of Heaven”, a documentary film screening plus QA

WHEN: April 6, Thursday, from 7:30-9:30 PM

WHERE: The Bookworm, Building 4, Nan Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing. Tel: 6586 9507 MAP [link  http://beijingbookworm.com/contact-us/]

HOW MUCH: RASBJ/Bookworm members RMB65, non-members RMB75

RSVP: email communications.ras.bj@gmail.com and write "Heaven" in the subject header

MORE ABOUT THE FILM:
This documentary was originally conceived by Richard de Grijs  of the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Peking University, and Ziping Zhang of the Beijing Planetarium. They commissioned René Seegers as director/producer and secured funding from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). The documentary is targeted at a general audience. De Grijs and Seegers will answer questions from the audience after the screening.


"DESTINY", A FILM BY DIRECTOR ZHANG WEI

"Destiny", a film by Director ZHANG Wei plus QA

Exclusive opportunity for RASBJ members; tickets are limited in number. 
Beijing-based film director Zhang Wei (Factory Boss, 2014) invites you to attend a free screening of his latest film, Xi He (Destiny), on 9 April 2017 at 3:45pm. We have a small number of tickets for RASBJ members, to be allocated on a first come first served basis; members enjoy priority. Requests for tickets must be e-mailed to communications.ras.bj@gmail.com by 5pm on 5 April.
 
The film is in Chinese with English subtitles. It will be shown in the SAGA Cinema (Solana mall: http://www.solana.com.cn/wb/EntertainmentMovie.do) as part of the Beijing International Film Festival; the screening will be followed by a question and answer session with the director (in Chinese).

MORE ON THE FILM: Xi He is a 9 year old autistic child who loves to go to school. However, his classmates' parents are afraid of his condition and don't want him to study with their children. For the fourth time, he gets expelled from his school for misbehaving. The director of the school wants to help but, with his hands tied, succumbs to the pressure from the other parents. 

Xi He's mother fights for her son's right for a normal education despite his imperfection. She wants him to have the chance to lead a normal life. Back in the Chinese countryside, her brother also suffers from severe autism and is hunted by the ignorant people from his village. Their old mother, unable to take care of him any longer, keeps him in a cage to keep him safe from others and from himself; like an animal. Tian Lin's childhood looms with memories tainted by her brother's life's effect on her. She decides to teach Xi He herself, willing to do everything to save him from his destiny.

 

 


ABOUT US

   We've got something for everyone in coming weeks. On April 6 "Science of Heaven", a 52-minute documentary about Chinese astronomy and current projects -- what's on the far side of the moon? -- will be shown at the Bookworm, followed by QA with filmmakers Richard de Grijs and Rene Seegers. RASBJ members have been invited to an Apr 9 Beijing Film Festival screening of "Destiny," about an autistic child's struggle for normal schooling, plus comments by director Zhang Wei (tickets are limited). Then RASBJ will partner with "Understanding Science" and the Bookworm Apr 10 on Italian diplomat Plinio Innocenzi's talk about Leonardo da Vinci. Hope to see you at one of these events. Thanks for your support!

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Disclaimer

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Royal Asiatic Society China, Beijing members and their guests are asked to please wear appropriate footwear and clothing when attending events or excursions, and to adhere to any safety instructions or other codes of conduct. Please also bear in mind the physical requirements of participating in the event or trip. Participation in events and excursions is at your own risk: the Royal Asiatic Society China,  Beijing accepts no liability for any loss or damage, including personal injury or damage to property.

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