AAWAA  Asian American Women Artists Alliance

HOME ROOM Phase II

Special Event Schedule for Winter

 


Movie Program
[February and March]

AAWAA Gallery • 136 15th Street Brooklyn, NY 11215

Fri, February 23, 7 PM
Vietnam Symphony
Tom Zubrycki , 52min.

In 1965, as the Vietnam War intensified and Hanoi faced the threat of massive US bombing, students and teachers from the National Conservatory of Music were forced to flee the city. With the help of villagers, they built an entire campus underground. Here, as the war raged around them, they lived, studied and played music for five years.


Saturday, February 24, 7 PM
Between Two Worlds: The Hmong Shaman in America
Taggart Siegel & Dwight Conquergood, 30min

This classic film documents the Hmong refugees who have been transplanted from their agrarian mountain villages in northern Laos to cities in the U.S. Often living in high-rise tenements, they bring their ancient shamanic rituals and ceremonies to urban America.


Friday, March 2, 7PM
The Living Tree
Flora Moon. 26min.

Flora Moon was born in Indiana of parents who had fled Red China. Because of her family's efforts to avoid scrutiny during the Cold War era of the 1950's they tried hard to blend in with their surroundings and little mention was made at home of their Chinese past.


Sat, March 3, 7 PM
To live is better than to Die AIDs in China
Weijun Chen. 60min.

This is a heartbreaking story from Wenlou, a small village in central China, where 60% of the villagers are infected with HIV. Impoverished peasants sold their blood to clinics that used unsanitary gathering methods. Nevertheless, the government does not offer any help and has suppressed protests from the villagers with force.


Fri, March 9, 7 PM
Chinese animation night for neighborhood children and adults.

Free admission


Sat. March 10, 7 PM
And Thereafter. A Korean "War Bride" in an Alien Land
Hosup Lee. 56min.

A portrayal of the fortitude of an immigrant "war bride" in America. Seventy-six-year-old Young-Ja Wike is one of the 10,000 Korean women who married American G.I.s after the war. For them marriage was the only escape from the crushing poverty of post-war Korean.


Fri, March 16, 7PM
Malalai, Plice Woman of Kandahar
Polly Hyman. 42min.

In the dangerous, male-oriented world of Kandahar, home to drug smugglers and terrorists, a police-woman, Malalai Kakar is blazing the way for women. Unhindered by her heavy burka this mother of six is chasing wife-beaters, murderers and thieves across Afghanistan.


Sat, March 17, 7 PM
The World of Mei Lanfang
Mei-Juin Chen. 57min

The true story of Mei Lanfang, China's greatest opera star; a husband and a father whose world wide fame came from the portrayal of women.


Fri. March 23, 7 PM
Nu Shu: A Hidden Language of Women in China
Yue-Qing Yang. 59min.

In Jian-Yong county in Hunam province, peasant women miraculously developed a separate written language, called Nu Shu, meaning "female writing." Believing women to be inferior, men disregarded this new script, and it remained unknown for centuries. It wasn't until the 1960s that Nu Shu caught the attention of Chinese authorities, who suspected that this peculiar writing was a secret code for international espionage.


Sat, March 24, 7 PM
Rasinah; The Enchanted Mask
Rhoda Grauer and Shanty Marmayn. 57min.

Once one of the most popular of the Javanese Topeng artists, Rasinah had been reduced to poverty as the taste for this traditional art form waned. Two Young men became enraptured by tales of a hidden national treasure living in a remote village. They set out to find Rasinah to rescue her dance from exinction.


Fri, March 30, 7 PM
Chinese Women Artists of Early 20th Century
Yan Kong. 27min.

This video presents a brief introduction to the Chinese women artists of the early 20th Century. These women came off the era of foot-binding, challenged the prevaling ink painting tradition of the time to painting nudes.


Sat, March 31, 7 PM
Vietnam Symphony
Tom Zubrycki , 52min.

In 1965, as the Vietnam War intensified and Hanoi faced the threat of massive US bombing, students and teachers from the National Conservatory of Music were forced to flee the city. With the help of villagers, they built an entire campus underground. Here, as the war raged around them, they lived, studied and played music for five years.


Gallery Hours:
Wednesday - Thursday, 1-6PM
Friday - Saturday, 6-10PM
Gallery closes on all public holidays, July 21, 22, and Aug. 15 - Sept. 15, 2006

Filmakers Library:
124 E. 40th St. New York, NY 10016
e-mail: info@filmakers.com • website: www.filmakers.com

This program is supported, in part, by the Ford Foundation/BAC, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Filmakers Library.