March 4, 2014
A Chinese Film Festival kicked off this Friday evening at the University of Virginia's Newcomb theater.
UVa students are showing three films. The students want people to learn about China in a fun way.
"With this Chinese Film Festival, we can attract a lot of people [to] come to see the movie first. And then, hopefully through the discussion afterward, we can really introduce a lot of the culture factors within that movie. And, in that way, I feel like it's a really easy way for people to learn about Chinese culture," said third year student Sean Yu, who came up with the idea.
Yu asked other students to help him put on the event. He said Office of the Provost of the Arts at UVa sponsored the weekend, allowing the movie attendance to be free.
"We tr[ied] so hard to make this movie free for everyone. [We] just want everyone to enjoy the movies and learn about cultures," said Yu.
The students screen Flowers of War on Friday, a war drama starring Christian Bale and Ni Ni takes place during the Nanking Massacre in 1937.
Saturday night at 7 is the Jackie Chan action movie CZ12. Sunday at 4 p.m. is A Touch of Sin, a recent exploration of violence and corruption in China. It won best screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival. All movie showings are at the Newcomb Theater.
Professors and alumna will lead discussion after the movies on Saturday and Sunday.