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Eighth Annual ChinaFest

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The Eighth Annual ChinaFest, February 21-24, 2013

All events will be free of charge, and held in our new location at the Ukrop Auditorium within The Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond, except the Family Day which is held at VMFA. All film screenings are co-sponsored with UR International Film Series.

Festival Main Events

  • Thursday, February 21, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
  • Unique Perspectives on China: A Conversation with Deborah Fallows and James Fallows

Linguist and author Deborah Fallows has recently lived and travelled throughout China for three years. She has written for publications including The Atlantic, Slate, and National Geographic, and has just completed an international tour for her latest book, ‘Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language' (Walker Books). She holds a PhD in linguistics. Former Presidential speechwriter and current Atlantic Monthly correspondent James Fallows has reported from around the world for more than 30 years, including most recently three years in China. He has won both the National Book Award and the National Magazine Award plus a NY Emmy award. He is a regular commentator on National Public Radio and has appeared frequently on TV, from the Charlie Rose Show to the Colbert Report. His new book, ‘China Airborne,' was released by Pantheon in May, 2012. He is also the author of ‘Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China'. Copies of their books will be available for sale and signing following the talk. Co-sponsored with UR Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Film Screening

  • Friday, February 22, 3:00 p.m.

Film: The Piano in a Factory

  • See synopsis on this page.
  • Friday, February 22, 7:30 p.m.

Film: Mao's Last Dancer

  • See synopsis on this page.
  • Saturday, February 23, 10:00 a.m.

Film: Buddha Mountain

  • See synopsis on this page.
  • Saturday, February 23, 1:00 p.m.

Film: Ip Man 2

  • See synopsis on this page.
  • Sunday, February 24, 7:30 p.m.

Film: Mao's Last Dancer (repeat from Friday night)

  • See synopsis on this page.
  • All films are shown at Ukrop Auditorium,The Robins School of Business, Universtiy of Richmond.

ChinaFest Family Day

  • Saturday February 23, 1:00-4:00 pm

Ssss...celebrate the year of the snake at our Chinese New Year's celebration. Enjoy dance, music, and authentic crafts such as silk painting, woodblock prints, carp kites. See dragon puppets come to life and lions dance through the museum. Don't forget to have your face painted as your Zodiac animal!

New this year: a photo booth where you can try on Chinesestyle dresses or costumes from the Peking Opera. Confucius Institute from William and Mary as well as George Mason University will demonstrate paper cutting, calligraphy and present special performances.

The China-America Festival of Film and Culture (CAFFC) is sponsored by The Rose Group, whose mission is to promote better understanding and goodwill between the United States and China through media exchanges. It is our belief that it is time to celebrate our shared humanity as well as our diverse faces, voices, and points of view. CAFFC supports this mission by using the medium of film to provide audiences in both countries with the opportunities for learning and cultural understanding. Through bilateral interactions, filmmakers and audiences alike in both the United States and China will be encouraged to think cross-culturally. They will be provided with a platform for meaningful dialogue and discourse about film and culture to clarify misconceptions, to offer insights, and to build new bridges and networks.

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