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The Farewell Post-Film Discussion: November 4

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the farewellIn one of the most celebrated breakout films of 2019, Lulu Wang's The Farewell finds the Chinese-American Billi (Awkwafina, adding dramatic skills to her already-accomplished resume) heading to China to see her beloved Nai Nai (a delightful Shuzhen Zhao). Nai Nai ("grandma" in Chinese) was just diagnosed with terminal cancer, but, not wanting to alarm her, the family stages a wedding as an excuse to get everyone together one last time, so as to keep Nai Nai in the dark about her illness. Based on Wang's real-life experience, this humorous yet affecting tale of a "good lie" celebrates the strengthening power of family that redefines us as more than mere individuals.

The Farewell is available to watch for free on two leading streaming services: Amazon Prime subscribers can go here, and it is also available on Kanopy, accessible with many library cards, here. Otherwise, patrons can rent it digitally on most platforms for a price between $1-4.

Watch The Farewell in advance and then join in on this post-film discussion and Q&A by clicking here. This free event is on November 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from Dr. Ling Zhang, Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies at State University of New York, Purchase College. All are welcome!

Co-organized by the Webster Film Series and the Confucius Institute at Webster University

Speaker: Dr. Ling Zhang

Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies @State University of New York, Purchase College

Zhang LingLing Zhang received her PhD from the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. She specializes in film sound theory, Chinese-language cinema and opera, cinema and travel/mobility, ruins in cinema, and film and urbanism. Zhang first joined the cinema studies faculty in 2016–17 as a visiting assistant professor. Formerly a documentary filmmaker, Zhang is also an established Chinese film critic with a published collection of reviews and essays in Chinese (2011). She has published academic articles on 1930s Chinese cinema and film theory, contemporary Chinese independent documentary, Taiwan New Cinema, socialist road movies, and Chinese opera films in Journal of Chinese Cinemas, CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, The New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, Asian Cinema, Film Art (mainland China), and Film Appreciation (Taiwan), among others.

Past Events

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Sept. 10-24, 2020    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Film and Post-Film Discussion

Sept, 19, 2020     Beijing Opera Introductory Workshop

Sept, 2, 2020      Annual Teacher Training Workshop Held Virtually

July 8-27, 2020   Bridging Eastern Practices and Western Brain Science– Mindful Meditation Virtual Workshop Series

July 13, 2020      Understanding the COVID-19 Pandemic from the Public Health and International Relations Perspectives: U.S., China, and Ghana

June 2-July 2, 2020   Free Virtual Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Meditation, Session II

June 6, 2020     12th Annual Chinese Bridge Competition Virtual Awards Ceremony

April 9-May 12, 2020   Free Virtual Tai Chi Session I

Feb. 26, 2020     "Drinking from the Dragon's Well: Tea in Chinese Art and Culture," a presentation by Steve Owyoung as part of the Webster University Diversity and Inclusion Conference

Feb. 20, 2020     Webster Film Series: Piano in a Factory

Feb. 16, 2020     Lunar New Year Celebration at the Webster Groves Public Library

Feb. 3, 2020      Lunar New Year Celebration at Webster

Jan. 31, 2020     Webster Film Series: Girls Always Happy

Dec. 7, 2019      Chinese Story Time at Webster Groves Public Library

Nov. 22, 2019     Celebration of France and China Cultural Exchange

Nov. 18, 2019      CHINA Town Hall

Sept. 3, 2019       Webster Film Series: Farewell My Concubine

Sept. 3, 2019       Webster Film Series: Comrades: Almost a Love Story

Sep. 16, 2019     Confucius Institute Hosts Exhibit, Demonstration with Chinese Artist Dengbai Yuejin

Sep. 13, 2019     Confucius Institute Hosts Academic Conference, Art Exhibit

Aug. 27, 2019     Confucius Institute Hosts Annual Teacher Training

Aug. 20, 2019     From Customs to Kung Fu: the Confucius Institute's Annual Chinese Summer Camp

Aug. 19, 2019     Chinese Professor Leads Master Class for Dance Summer Intensive, China Spotlight Series

Aug. 8, 2019      Two Countries, One World: International summer camp brings children from two countries together for a week of fun

Apr. 30, 2019     Confucius Institute Participates in Chinese Culture Days at Missouri Botanical Garden

Apr. 19, 2019     Confucius Institute Hosts Annual Chinese Bridge Competition

Mar. 25, 2019     The Confucius Institute Announces Affordable China Trip Summer 2019

Mar. 6, 2019     'Revolutionary Bodies: Eighty Years of Chinese Concert Dance' at the Diversity and Inclusion Conference

Feb. 18, 2019     Snapshots: Confucius Institute Hosts Lunar New Year Celebration

Nov. 7, 2018     Confucius Institute Events: Chairman Ni visit; annual teacher training workshop

Sep. 28, 2018    Highlights: 'Doing Business in China: What They Don't Teach You in Business School'

Sep. 6, 2018     CHINA Town Hall: A videoconference featuring Condoleezza Rice, with local lecture, reception

Apr. 16, 2018     Trade War? Webster University Hosts Expert on U.S.-China Economic Relations

Mar. 14, 2018     Snapshots: Bristol Elementary Students Celebrate Chinese New Year at Confucius Institute