Cui Zi’en’s Queer China

Screening of the film followed by a conversation
with Jonathan M Hall + Berenice Reynaud

Pomona College Museum of Art China Insights Event
Thursday, 10 March 2011, 7-9 pm

In conjunction with the Pomona College Museum of Art exhibition “China: Insights” and Pomona College’s co-hosting of the April 2011 Chinese independent film series “Between Disorder and Unexpected Pleasures: Tales from the New Chinese Cinema,” Professor Jonathan M. Hall hosts REDCAT curator Bérénice Reynaud for a conversation around and screening of the 2008 documentary Queer China.

Directed by Cui Zi’en, one of China’s leading queer filmmakers, Queer China offers a historical account of the queer movement in China as it has developed over the last 80 years. The film features interviews with prominent activists and scholars who have helped transform sexual subcultures from taboo subjects to accepted realities within contemporary Chinese society. Reynaud and Hall introduce the film and lead the audience in a larger discussion of sexuality, representation, and politics in the contemporary PRC.

Reynaud holds joint appointments in the Schools of Film/Video and Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts. As a critic, her main areas of expertise have been independent/experimental film/video; films and video by women; Chinese cinema and video. In addition she is the co-curator for the Film/Video series at the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater. Hall is an assistant professor in Pomona College’s Media Studies Department. His research focuses on Asian film and video as well as queer theory.

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