The Chinese-American Film Festival (CAFF) has selected Santa Monica College to host an on-campus screening of one of the festival’s films for the fourth consecutive year.
The award-nominated film “City Monkey” from Beijing is scheduled to be screened at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1 in Humanities & Social Science Lecture Hall 165 on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd. The event is free.
The film, both a domestic drama and action film, revolves around the conflict between a young man pursuing parkour – a sport whose popularity has been growing in many countries around the world – and his mother, who wants her son to abandon the sport and focus on his college entrance exams.
The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with the film’s co-writer and director, Kong Ling Chen. SMC Film Studies professors Josh Kanin and Salvador Carrasco, along with Chinese professor Xiaozhou Wu will moderate the discussion.
The event is co-sponsored by the SMC Global Citizenship Council, as well as the Communication and Modern Language departments.
The purpose of the Chinese-American Film Festival is to generate widespread awareness and interest in movies and filmmakers from China, a festival spokesperson explains.
In addition to enriching audience appreciation of Chinese film culture, the festival also aims to serve as a platform for international dialogue and collaboration in film education, financing and production. The spokesperson added that the festival has also helped build closer ties and greater economic cooperation between Chinese and American filmmakers.
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