Chinese Ghost Story
2008. USA. Dan Boord, Luis Valdovino. 29 min.
2009. USA. Lucy Raven. 51 min.
Followed by a discussion with Dan Boord, Luis Valdovino, and Lucy Raven
Sunday, February 28, 2010, 1:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
Chinese Ghost Story
2008. USA. Directed by Dan Boord, Luis Valdovino. The retelling of Pu Songling’s (Chinese, 1640–1715) “Kon-Sun-Ju-Liang” sets the counterpoint for this tale of the 1869 Transcontinental Railroad. The directors traversed the American West in search of those absent from the nineteenth-century A.J. Russell photograph documenting the joining together of the eastern and western United States. Chinese Ghost Story is a poetic essay in which history and landscape converge to explore the construction of the railroad where 1,300 Chinese laborers lost their lives. There are no stories without places, and places are largely silent to what occurs. New York premiere. In Mandarin, English; English subtitles. 29 min.
2009. USA. Directed by Lucy Raven. Many of the laborers who worked on mines throughout Utah and Nevada in the late 1880s were Chinese immigrants, and the area where they lived on the mining sites was called Chinatown. The historic mining town of Ruth still sits at the base of the mine, and most of its several hundred residents work there. Yet nowadays Ruth is another sort of “China town,” sending their ore overseas as a rapidly industrializing and urbanizing China demands increasing quantities of raw materials from around the world. Composed entirely of animated sequences of digital still photographs and ambient sound recorded on location, China Town follows the contemporary recycling of the American landscape and economy into raw mineral wealth for a developing nation. 51 min.
In the Film exhibition Documentary Fortnight, 2010: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film
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