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FILM SCREENING AND PANEL DISCUSSION: CHINA'S THREE DREAMS


4 May 2015



A co-presentation of the China Studies Centre and the Sydney School of Education and Social Work's Comparative and International Education Network.

Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with award-winning director Nick Torrens.

    "In the 1970s we had only 3 dreams: a watch, a wireless and a bicycle..."

Confused by the expurgated history they learned at school and the silence of their grandparents, China’s young people are making their way with three new dreams to guide them: the dream of the present, to make China rich and powerful; the dream of the future, to find a better life; and the almost-impossible dream of the past, the dream of meaningful existence.

China’s 3 Dreams takes us inside the present dilemmas and dreams of China’s people – without mediation from Western presenters or narrators. Featuring rare archival footage and extraordinary testimony from former Red Guards and rebels, here is a parable of China in the 21st century.

Event details

  • When: 4–6.30pm

  • Where: Old Geology Theatre
    Edgeworth David Building, off Science Rd
    The University of Sydney
    See the map

  • Cost: FREE but online registration requested
  • Contact:

    Sydney Ideas
    E: sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au | T: +61 2 9351 2943


  • More info: http://sydney.edu.au/sydney_ideas/
  • Panel chair: Julian Wood, sociologist and film writer. Julian teaches at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. He has also worked in the film industry both in the UK and Australia and helped launch FilmInk magazine, to which he continues to contribute regularly. For the past decade or so Julian has been a member of the selection panel for the Sydney Film Festival.
  • Panelists: Nick Torrens, filmmaker. For 30 years Nick has been one of Australia’s foremost authors of original, independent documentary, filming subjects in Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, the US and Canada. His much-awarded films observe the intimate lives of ordinary and extraordinary people, in the context of the dramatic, unexpected worlds they inhabit. His films have screened at major film festivals, in cinemas and on international television. Nick is a founding member and former National Chair of the Australian International Documentary Conference. He has commissioned documentary programming for the SBS Television Network and conducted film development programs for the SA Film Corporation, Film Queensland and the Queensland Documentary Association. Nick has designed and directed courses for the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, taught documentary history and practice, chaired international forums, prepared industry submissions and reviews, assessed projects for federal and state film agencies, acted as mentor for emerging filmmakers and worked to enhance the profile and sense of community among documentary practitioners. In 2005-6, Nick was artistic director of Headlands, Australia’s first National Documentary Ideas Development Laboratory. He conducts masterclasses and seminars in documentary technique and gives documentary presentations, including at the Australia-China Business Council, the Victorian College of the Arts, the Australian Film Television and Radio School and the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales.

    Dr Minglu Chen, lecturer in the China Studies Centre and the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. Minglu received her doctorate International Studies from the University of Technology, Sydney in 2007. She has been a lecturer in Chinese Studies in the Department of International Studies University of Guadalajara, Mexico (2008–2009) and a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney (2009–2012). Minglu is the author of Tiger Girls: Women and Enterprise in the People’s Republic of China (Routledge, 2011). She is engaged in two Australian Research Council discovery projects: "The new rich and the state in China: the social basis of power" (with David Goodman and Beatriz Garcia) and "The geography of power in China: urban expansion and administrative empire" (with Carolyn Cartier).

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Sydney Ideas - Film Screening and Panel Discussion: China’s 3 Dreams

Where Old Geology Theatre
Edgeworth David Building, off Science Rd
The University of Sydney
See the map
When

4 May 2015


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