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Co-sponsored by SAS Signature Course "Global East Asia," Department of Geography, Confucius Institute, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and SMLR's Center for Global Work & Employment.
Acclaimed Chinese director Jia Zhangke casts a compassionate eye on the daily loves, friendships and desperate dreams of the twenty-somethings from China's remote Provinces who come to live and work at Beijing's World Park. A bizarre cross-cultural pollination of Las Vegas and Epcot Center, World Park features lavish shows performed amid scaled-down replicas of the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, St. Mark's Square, the Pyramids and even the Twin Towers. From the sensational opening shot of a young dancer's backstage quest for a Band-Aid to poetic flourishes of animation and clever use of text-messaging, Jia pushes past the kitsch potential of this surreal setting—a real-life Beijing tourist destination.
This film screening is in connection with a talk on February 28th, "Transparency and Digital Placemaking in Shenzhen," by Fan Yang from University of Maryland Baltimore County.