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  • Speaker | 27 November, 2014

    Rule of law in China: Trick or treat?

    Under Xi Jinping, China aims to strengthen the rule of law. It’s a concept that has in recent years been mainly connected with the push for a market economy. Now the level of ambition has raised, but with it there are questions that have emerged: Will Chinese legal order remain in many ways different from its Western counterparts? How should the rule of law with Chinese characteristics be understood? What are the key challenges? What are the next steps? Professor Kimmo Nuotio of Helsinki University will try to provide some answers to these important questions.

    DATE: Nov 27 (Thursday)
    TIME: 2-3:30pm
    VENUE: Embassy of Finland, South Tower of Kerry Centre (office building), 26th floor
    ENTRANCE: FCCC members only.
    REGISTRATION: at www.fccchina.org/events/27112014/

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
    Kimmo Nuotio is the Dean of the Faculty of law of Helsinki University and chair of the board of the Finnish Center for Chinese Law and Chinese Legal Culture based in University of Helsinki.  He is one of the world’s leading experts on the Chiinese legal system and has written numerous scholarly articles and books on this subject.

    Screening | 8 December, 2014

    Screening+Q&A: “The Land of Many Palaces”

    In Ordos, China, thousands of farmers are being relocated to a new city under a government plan to modernize the region. “The Land of Many Palaces”  (2014) follows a government official whose job is to convince these farmers that their lives will be better off in the city, and a farmer in one of the last remaining villages in the region who is pressured to move. The film explores a process that will take shape on an enormous scale across China as the central government has announced plans to relocate 250 million farmers to cities across the nation over the next 20 years. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the production team.

    Runtime: 61 Minutes

    DATE: Dec 8 (Monday)
    TIME: 5:30-7:15pm
    VENUE: French Embassy, 60 Tianze Lu, Chaoyang District
    ENTRANCE: free to members, 80 RMB on the door to non-members. Only with registration and photo ID.
    REGISTRATION: at www.fccchina.org/events/08122014/

    ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
    Adam James Smith (co-director/co-producer)
    Adam is a Stanford-educated documentary filmmaker from England. His films focus on characters experiencing rapid change in their lives. To date, he has produced, directed and edited four short documentaries in America — “The Diner”, “Love & Allegiance” (co-directed by Tijana Petrovic), “Shangri-La” and “Role Play” — and one feature documentary in China, “The Land of Many Palaces” (co-directed by Song Ting).

    Song Ting (co-director/co-producer)
    As a director and cinematographer, Ting’s short films have screened in many international film festivals. She was selected for the Asian Film Academy of the Busan International Film Festival in 2011 and the Golden Horse Academy at Taipei Golden Horse International Film Festival in 2011. Ting produced the feature film “Her Love Story” in 2011, directed by Gu Qiao. She earned her MFA degree in Film Production from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and holds dual BAs in English Literature and Finance from the University of International Business & Economics in Beijing. She has worked on films in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the US, Singapore, Korea, Japan and Indonesia.

    Wang Qihan (co-producer)
    A bilingual producer/director and a graduate from Beijing University’s History Department, Wang Qihan  has more than twenty years of experience in both documentary and narrative fields in China. Currently, she is producing “Born in China”, a wildlife movie jointly funded by Disney and SMG. Prior to that, she has produced a series of documentary projects that have been broadcast on China Central Television, BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic and CBC Television.