BFSU Annual Documentary Forum 2012Documentary Forum 2012 curated by Joanne Cheng

Press Release
March 14th, 2012, Beijing
BFSU Documentary Forum 2012 will feature award winning American documentaries SOMEWHERE BETWEEN by Linda Goldstein Knowlton and UNFINISHED SPACES by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray who will engage in conversation with BFSU students and staff at 1:50-5:15pm on March 16th Friday at 300 seat auditorium. This event, organized by Joanne Cheng of Communication Arts Center at BFSU in collaboration with CNEX and the US Embassy in China, is part of FILM FORWARD 2012, an initiative of Sundance institute aiming to enhance cross cultural understanding through film exhibition and dialogue with audiences around the globe.
UNFINISHED SPACES charts the journey through almost boundless creative ambition, the destructive force of bureaucracy, and the aftermath on the lives of the architects. In 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned to create Cuba’s National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana, Cuba. Construction of their radical designs began immediately and the school’s first classes soon followed. Dancers, musicians and artists from all over the country reveled in the beauty of the schools, but as the dream of the Revolution quickly became a reality, construction was abruptly halted and the architects and their designs were deemed irrelevant in the prevailing political climate. It’s a stunning film, both in narrative and photographic terms.
SOMEWHERE BETWEEN by Linda Goldstein Knowlton is a heartwarming the story of adoption of four teenage girls adjusting to life in the US after their Chinese birth parents are forced to part with them due to China’s One-Child policy. The film provides an intimate look into the lives of teenage adoptees as they come to terms with their unique identities.
Our annual Documentary Forum has become a BFSU tradition in terms of intercultural education. It’s important for my students to meet professionals working in the real world engaged in critical issues of today. UNFINISHED SPACES is a fascinating tale of visionary aesthetics and creative expression while SOMEWHERE BETWEEN is a heart-warming coming of age story addressing gender and identity issues in addition to challenges of living in between cultures,” said Joanne Cheng, director of Communication Arts Center, also a Beijing-New York based filmmaker and associate professor of Cinema and Television who has been teaching Documentary ProductionFilm Aesthetics and Broadcast Journalism at School of English and International Studies at BFSU since 2009.
Communication Arts Center (CAC) is a creative communication center producing and promoting professional TV, film and multimedia programs and events that facilitate intercultural communications at local and global level. The center , which has produced more than half a dozen professional events under the direction of Cheng since its founding in 2010, has been the training ground for BFSU’s students who plan to enter media and TV/Film world







由程娟主持的北外传媒艺术中心主办,CNEX纪录片基金 会以及美国驻中国大使馆协办的 “2012北外纪录片论坛”将于3月16日周五1:50-5:45pm 在北外三百人礼堂开幕。今年的论坛将连续展映两部获奖纪录片《未完成的空间》与《中间地带》。《未完成的空间》导演Benjamin Murray将在中场与北外师生对话交流。“这一活动是美国圣丹斯电影节获奖纪录片电影巡展的一部分

Unfinished Spaces《未完成的空间》美国  2011  86分钟
导演:Benjamin Murry, Alysa Nahmias
1961年,三个有远见的年轻建筑师接受了卡 斯特罗和切格瓦拉的任务——在位于古巴哈瓦那的高尔夫球场上建设一所古巴国家艺术学校。这些最初的设想很快付诸于实践,学校的第一节课也随即开堂。从全国 各地到来的舞蹈家、音乐家和艺术家陶醉在优美的校园中。但是当这些富有变革性的梦想马上要变成现实的时候,建设被迫中止,建筑师和他们的设计方案被视作有 伤政治风化。四十年之后学校仍在使用,但那些建筑仍未完成并一直受损……《未完成的空间》纪录了无拘无束的创作力;官僚主义的毁灭力量;反映了一段这些建 筑家的生存经历。无论是叙事还是摄影,这都是一部极其出色的影片。
Somewhere Between 中间地带美国 93分钟
导演: Linda Goldstein Knowlton
《中间地带》讲述了感人至深的领养故事,反映 了四个中国女孩在美国成长的内心经历,和一段寻找中国根的旅程。她们生活在美国不同的地方,有着不同的家庭背景,但她们有一个共同点:她们四人都是被从中 国收养来的,因为个人境况与中国的计划生育政策相抵触,他们的亲生父母无法留住她们。这部影片用个人视角记录了青少年被收养者的生活。他们因为独特的身份 而向社会妥协。
北外传媒艺术中心通过每年北外纪录片论坛 为学生搭建国际影视业界和校园之间的平台。 中心主任电影人、影视副教授程娟说“中心每年举办的纪录片论坛已成为北外跨文化教育的一项传统,对于推动学生接轨现实世界,关注当今世界重要议题与专业人 士进行对话交流,发挥着重要作用。《未完成的空间》揭示在古巴革命的大环境下几个有艺术远见的建筑家艺术创作的过程;而《中间地带》则是一个温暖人心的成 长故事,探讨了性别女性身份以及跨文化生活中的挑战等主题。程娟副教授自2009年起在北京外国语大学英语学院教授纪录片制作电影美学英语播音与主持课程。
北外传媒艺术中心(简称CAC)是一个创意传 播中心,旨在制作和承办专业跨文化影视节目与活动,推动跨文化教育和国内国际影视文化和传媒艺术交流以及多媒体新闻传播。自2010年成立起,中心在程娟 副教授指导下已举办了众多专业活动,为有志于在传媒影视行业发展的学生的提供了培训与实践基地。

Jill Miller, Benjamin Murray and Joanne Cheng at BFSU Studio 2012

Jill Miller, Benjamin Murray and Joanne Cheng at BFSU Studio 2012