University of Idaho Confucius Institute Extends Chinese Movie Night Beyond Film Festival

Friday, April 25 2014

MOSCOW, Idaho – April 25, 2014 – The University of Idaho Confucius Institute (UICI) will continue hosting Chinese Movie Night at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, turning the initial 2014 film festival which coincided with the Chinese New Year into a regular event. 

“We are pleased with the success of our film festival and our ability to continue offering a conduit for Chinese culture,” said Jie Chen, UICI co-director. “Movies are a great way to see into and learn about a new culture.”

Each film is introduced by the UICI’s visiting South China University of Technology instructor, Jianhong Lu. Lu is a specialist in Chinese cinema and film culture and selects each film for its ability to provide quality, contemporary Chinese cinema to the local community. 

Films are chosen to represent a particular segment of Chinese culture. Previous movies shown “Ip Man,” “Forever Enthralled” and “Eat Drink Man Woman” reflect martial arts, Chinese opera performance and China’s rich food culture, respectively. Upcoming films will feature stories involved with Chinese clothing, traditional medicine and philosophy. 

The final film for this spring will be Xiaolong Zheng’s “The Gua Sha Treatment.” This film is about the cultural conflicts that arise between a Chinese family living in St. Louis and American authorities when a traditional Chinese medical treatment is mistaken as child abuse. The film will be held on Tuesday, May 13 at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. All films are shown at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre located at 508 South Main Street, Moscow. 

Chinese Movie Nights will pause during the summer, but will resume Sept. 10 with the 2010 biographical drama film, “Confucius,” starring Chow Yun-Fat.

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About the Confucius Institute
The University of Idaho Confucius Institute's mission is to further the understanding of Chinese language and culture, to encourage faculty and student exchange, and to foster economic development between the United States and China.  In this endeavor, the university is partnering with the South China University of Technology in Guangzhou, China.
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