Screening of "China: From Cartier to Confucius"
Dr. Ying Zhu, Researcher and co-producer of the documentary will be in attendance for Q&A
Posted: October 29, 2013
As the glistening Cartier sign, the visually arresting skyscrapers, and the shining BMWs and Ferraris scream out China's unprecedented prosperity, the question confronting a young generation of Chinese who came of age during the period of rapid economic growth is an anxious one: Is this all there is?
"China: From Cartier to Confucius" follows a group of students at an elite Chinese university as they question the value of a market-fundamentalist developmental path China has embarked upon. Through the work of Confucius, this group of self-claimed cultural conservatives is exploring an alternative political and social system anchored on Chinese cultural tradition as opposed to the Marxist or Liberal Democratic model of Western origin.
The film is a collaboration between Ying Zhu, professor of Media Culture at the City University of New York, and Marije Meerman, acclaimed Dutch documentary filmmaker. Ying Zhu is the author of several books on contemporary Chinese media and society including Two Billion Eyes: The Story of China Central Television (New Press, 2012). Her 2003 research monograph, Chinese Cinema during the Era of Reform: The Ingenuity of the System is considered by critics as a groundbreaking book that initiated the study of Chinese cinema within the framework of political economy. A leading scholar on Chinese cinema and media studies, her writings have appeared in major academic journals, books, and publications such asThe Atlantic, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Zhu also produces current affairs documentary films, including Google vs. China (2011) and China: From Cartier to Confucius (2012).
Dr. Ying Zhu will be in attendance for Q&A
Free and open to public