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  • Panel | 23 April, 2015

    The situation of independent cinema in China

    The independent film scene is under pressure in China, where it faces a lack of resources, venues and freedoms. Officials have shut down film festivals and stifled screening and distribution, leading filmmakers to find alternative market channels – everything from small coffee shops and libraries to art galleries and private homes. Join filmmakers Vivian Qu and Yang Lina and curator Zhang Xianmin as they discuss the hopes and challenges of China’s independent film scene.

    DATE: Apr 23 (Thursday)
    TIME: 10-11:30am
    VENUE: Embassy of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, Unit 1701, Tower B, Pacific Century Place, 2A Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang district
    ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 80 RMB on the door for non-members. Only with registration and photo ID.
    REGISTRATION: at www.fccchina.org/events/23042015/

    Yang Lina, filmmaker; she directed many award-winning documentaries, such as “Old People”, “Lao An’s Love Story”, and a recent fiction film “Longing for Rain” (Award from the Rotterdam Film festival 2013). She is also an actress, with performances in “Platform” by Jia Zhangke.

    Vivian Qu, filmmaker, and producer,  fictions “Night Train” and “Thin ice cold coal” by Diao Yinan; she directed “Trap Street”.

    Zhang Xianmin, one of organizers of China Independent film festival, professor of Beijing film academy; he acted in “Rainclouds Over Wushan” by Zhang Ming and “Summer Palace” by Lou Ye.

    Speaker | 20 April, 2015

    Can China reduce toxic pollution and the use of harmful chemicals?

    China’s rapidly growing economy is fueling the increased use of raw materials–such as iron, copper and petroleum—and the production of harmful chemicals.
    Raw material consumption in China nearly doubled to 20.4 billion tons from 1997 to 2007. Chemical production for export and domestic use is surging. And the burning of e-waste shipped from western countries is degrading the environment. The Chinese government is increasingly concerned about environmental and health costs, related growing citizen unrest. Will China learn from others’ mistakes and reduce toxic pollution before more harm is done? Arlene Blum, Executive Director of the Green Science Policy Institute, will share how changes in regulation, manufacturing practices and consumer demand can reduce environmental pollution, cut hazardous chemicals and protect public health.

    DATE: Apr 20 (Monday)
    TIME: 3-4:30pm
    VENUE: ADB, 17th Floor, China World Tower (Guomao III), 1 Jianguomenwai
    ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 80 RMB on the door for non-members. Only with registration and photo ID.
    REGISTRATION: www.fccchina.org/events/20042015/

    Arlene Blum PhD, biophysical chemist, author, and mountaineer is a Visiting Scholar in Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley and executive director of the Green Science Policy Institute. She currently serves on the advisory boards for Environmental Building News and the Plastic Pollution Coalition.