Asia and the Pacific Screens
Wenchuan Earthquake Anniversary Screening: Disturbing the Peace 老妈蹄花
5:15pm - 7:15pm
23 May 2016
The Auditorium, China in the World Building (188), Fellows Lane, ANU
2009, 78mins, China
Directed by Ai Weiwei 艾未未
Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles
"A visual record of a Sisyphean trip through the justice system." Evan Osnos, The New Yorker
To commemorate the eighth anniversary of the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake, the Australian Centre on the China in the World will screen Ai Weiwei's documentary Disturbing the Peace 老妈蹄花. Made with a hand-held digital camera, the documentary reveals Ai's confrontation with the state over the many students who died when the shoddily constructed school buildings they were in collapsed during the quake.
The screening will be followed by a conversation with CIW postdoctoral fellow Dr Christian Sorace, who has written on Ai Weiwei's work for The China Story and whose book Shaken Authority: China's Communist Party and the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake (Cornell University Press, forthcoming 2017) examines the Communist Party's utopian vision alongside the political economic reality of reconstructing the Sichuan countryside.
This film is part of Asia and the Pacific Screens Season Five: Made in Hong Kong, presented by the Australian Centre on China in the World.