Screening — Hyphenated Cinema
Hyphenated Cinema: Works from Video Out for Chinese New Year
Thursday February 15, 2018
Doors at 6:30pm
Screening at 7:00pm
Join us for snacks and screenings of works from Video Out’s distribution in celebration of Chinese New Year.
“For the challenges that it encodes, the hyphen offers a suggestive metaphor for the Asian Canadian screen” – Reel Asian: Asian Canada on Screen
According to literary critic David Leiwei Lin, the hyphenated “Asian-American” is employed by dominant, often white culture, while the non/un-hyphenated is the way Asian Americans describe themselves. While Trinh T. Minh-Ha locates the potentially hyphenated zone as a critical site of struggle to form our identities — “The predicament of crossing boundaries cannot be merely rejected or accepted. It has to be confronted in its controversies.”
This selection of video and documentary features that space as it has been addressed by artists in our distribution who look at local histories portraying social life, and cultural iconography in a North American context as always potentially proximatated to, or hyphenated with, dominant cultures.
Hyphenated Cinema presents a celebration of people and media that have excavated that space and advanced the role and capacity of film, video, media and documentary in shaping present social realities.
Composing You Chinatown
~ 10 min
The Yellow Pages
7 m 43 s
22 m 7 s
Chinese Noodle Making Backwards and Forwards
5 m 30 s
Out For Bubble Tea
Desiree Lim, Winston Xin
16 m 4 s
Chinese Cafés in Rural Saskatchewan
26 m 12 s
Curated by Casey Wei and Steffanie Ling
Poster by Vince Tao