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Chinese film academy official visits campus

Oct. 20, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Changes in Chinese films during the reform period following Mao will be discussed Sunday, Oct. 25, at Western Michigan University by a leading administrator from China's Beijing Film Academy.

The lecture, titled "The Change of the Conception about Family in Contemporary Chinese Film" will be presented just before the film "House of Flying Daggers" is screened. Both events are free and open to the public and will take place from 3 to 6:30 p.m. in WMU's Little Theatre. A reception will follow the movie.

Professor Dafeng Zhong, dean of the International College at the Beijing Film Academy, will present the lecture, which will emphasize changes in family structure as shown on film during China's reform period.

Zhong Dafeng is a renowned scholar in China on Chinese film history. He has written five books and hundreds of articles on film theory, the history of Chinese film, screenplays, film education, television and communication studies. He also has written scripts for television series and documentaries, including "Chinese Film History."

The Beijing Film Academy is the largest and best film school in China. It is often described as being as important to China as Hollywood is to the United States. Admission to the academy is extremely competitive, making it one of the most selective schools in China.

The lecture and film showing are being sponsored by WMU's Confucius Institute.

For more information, contact the institute's Jaime LeBlanc-Hadley at jaime.leblanc-hadley@wmich.edu or (269) 387-3951.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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