A Village Across the World follows a group of foreign English-teaching volunteers into the cultural and emotional landscape of a Chinese village. Tucked away in the mountains, the village of Huangtian seems to be a poor, forgotten outpost unaffected by dynamic changes happening elsewhere in China. Yet the arrival of the volunteers reveals rich historical memories and changing power structures underlying the life of the village. As the 'foreigners' become increasingly involved in the villagers’ lives, both sides reflect on the fruits and dilemmas of intercultural contact and economic development.The screening will be followed by a short discussion with the filmmaker Dr Qian Ying, CIW Postdoctoral Fellow, The Australian National University.
This film is part of Asia and the Pacific Screens Season Four: Roots & Routes, sponsored by the Australian Centre on China in the World.
Directed by Qian Ying 錢穎 and Li Jie 李潔
2004, 48 mins, China/USA
Chinese and English, with English subtitles