i.Mirror by China Tracy (aka: Cao Fei) Second Life Documentary Film and Presenting River Elegy

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<i>i.Mirror by China Tracy (aka: Cao Fei) Second Life Documentary Film</i>. 2007. China. Directed by Cao Fei
  • i.Mirror by China Tracy (aka: Cao Fei) Second Life Documentary Film

    2007. China. Cao Fei. 28 min.

  • Presenting River Elegy

    1988. China. Xia Jun, Mi Ling Tsui. 58 min.

Friday, May 10, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
  • i.Mirror by China Tracy (aka: Cao Fei) Second Life Documentary Film

    2007. China. Directed by Cao Fei. Artist and documentarian Cao Fei recorded her "experiences" within the online social platform Second Life. The result is a wistful, surreal vision of an alternative reality sprung from the pop culture fantasies and hyper-consumerism of contemporary urban China, while also trying to transcend its real-life limitations. It can be seen as an answer to the challenge posed by River Elegy: how to envision a new Chinese destiny founded on principles of individuality, creativity, discovery, and freedom. The film also reflects the contemporary condition of the virtual supplanting our experience of the real. In Mandarin; English subtitles. 28 min.

  • Presenting River Elegy

    1988. China. Directed by Xia Jun, Mi Ling Tsui. Sprung from the intellectual openness of reform-era China in the 1980s, this six-part TV documentary inspired fierce public debate. Its outspoken criticism of traditional Chinese culture as an obstacle to social progress was unprecedented for a nationally televised series. Following the Tiananmen Square incident of June 4, 1989, the documentary was censored and some of its creators fled China or were arrested. This one-hour condensed version conveys the film’s legacy as a progenitor of the independent documentary movement. Courtesy of Deep Dish TV and Shu Lea Cheang. In Mandarin; English subtitles. 58 min.

In the Film exhibition

Image: i.Mirror by China Tracy (aka: Cao Fei) Second Life Documentary Film. 2007. China. Directed by Cao Fei