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APRIL 8 WED: FILM "NOWHERE TO CALL HOME"

THIS EVENT WAS FULLY BOOKED. DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, THE DIRECTOR HAS AGREED IN PRINCIPLE WITH RASBJ TO SHOW THE FILM A SECOND TIME. DETAILS WILL BE ON THE RASBJ WEBSITE, AND REGRETS TO THE MANY SUPPORTERS WHO REGISTERED TO VIEW THIS DOCUMENTARY BUT WERE UNABLE TO DUE TO THE LIMITED NUMBER OF SEATS. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AT FUTURE RASBJ EVENTS.

   Please join RASBJ for the viewing of a highly acclaimed documentary film and a chat with its director, award-winning U.S. radio journalist Jocelyn Ford. "Nowhere to Call Home: a Tibetan in Beijing" challenges common stereotypes about Tibetans in both the West and in China. It tells the powerful story of Zanta, a Tibetan street vendor and widow, who moved to Beijing against the wishes of her in-laws so that her young son could get an education.

      Filmed in the slums of Beijing and a remote Tibetan village, the documentary shines a light on underplayed social issues -- such as gender and racial discrimination -- and reveals dramatic family dynamics in a rural area where, as the saying goes, "women aren't worth a penny".  Last year the documentary premiered in the U.S. at the Museum of Modern Art, and in China at the new Center for Documentary Studies in Beijing. It has been invited to screen for Xinhua News Agency editors and at prestigious educational institutions such as Peking University and the university for ethnic minorities, Minzu Daxue.

      Commended by both Tibetans and Han Chinese as lending a voice to the voiceless, the 83-minute documentary will be followed by Q&A with director Ford. Beijing-based foreign correspondent Laura Daverio of RSI Swiss Television will moderate.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS OFF THE RECORD

     WHEN: Wednesday, April 8, 7:00-9:00 PM

     WHERE: the Courtyard Institute, No.28 Zhong Lao Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing  link to English

      活动地址:北京市东城区中老胡同28号  link to Chinese

     HOW MUCH:  30 RMB for RASBJ members; 60 RMB for non-members.

     RSVP:  please email membership@rasbj.org by April 7 at 6 PM, and let us know how many seats you'd like to reserve. Seating is limited; RASBJ members get priority.  Thanks to the Courtyard Institute for providing the venue for this event!

FILM SYNOPSIS: Widowed at 28, Tibetan farmer Zanta defies her tyrannical father-in-law and after her husband's death refuses to marry the family's only surviving son. When Zanta's in-laws won't let her seven-year-old go to school, she flees her village and heads to Beijing where she becomes a street vendor. Destitute and embattled by discrimination, Zanta inveigles a foreign customer into helping pay her boy's school fees. On a New Year's trip back to her village, Zanta's in-laws take her son hostage, drawing the unwitting American into the violent family feud.  The two women forge a partnership to try to out-maneuver the in-laws, who according to tradition get the final say on their grandson.

 
DIRECTOR Jocelyn Ford, former Beijing and Tokyo bureau chief for the U.S. public radio show Marketplace, has been based in East Asia for three decades. Her groundbreaking reporting on "comfort women" in the 1990s was a catalyst for raising awareness about World War II abuses of women by Japan's military. During three years of filming NOWHERE TO CALL HOME, Jocelyn overcame restrictions on access to Tibetan communities to shine light on the complex choices facing Tibetan farmers living in contemporary China, and to lend new insights into the social fragility of the world's fastest rising power.

Disclaimer: 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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