Second Sunday Culture Film Series

Sun Nov 08 2020 at 03:00 pm to 05:00 pm
Penn Museum, 3260 South St, Philadelphia, United States

Penn Museum, 3260 South St, Philadelphia, United States

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Celebrating our 10th year, the 2020–21 Culture Films Series will focus on the theme “Syncretism,” the combining of cultural elements.

In collaboration with the @[48853509334:274:Wolf Humanities Center at Penn]’s annual topic, “Choice,” we will showcase films that bring this concept of active selection, adaptation, or rejection of beliefs or practices to light. Sunday film screenings begin at 2pm ET and are one-time events, with a Q&A discussion with the director, producer, or cultural expert to follow.

Learn more: bit.ly/3caBmaC

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"Ishaare"
Gestures & Signs in Mumbai

Sunday, October 11
2:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Virtual Event

Are some cultures more adept at gestural forms of communication? In Mumbai, a city which has a lot of hand gestures more elaborate than those seen in many other cities, it may make it easier for deaf people to communicate their basic needs with ordinary shopkeepers, fruit vendors, and others. Other parts of India are visited, and we learn how deaf people and deaf/blind people get around and communicate with the hearing world.

Speakers: Filmmaker Annelies Kusters will be joining from England, moderated by Jami Fisher, Director, Penn ASL program.

Sponsors: The Deaf Hearing Communication Center, Penn ASL, Penn Language Center, Phila Asian American Film and Filmmakers, South Asia Center, Penn Cinema Studies, The Wolf Humanities Center

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2R7TCaW

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"Her Words"

Sunday, November 8
2:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Virtual Event

This terrific film is about a secret written language, Nu Shu, developed by women over many centuries in South China. Though as a rule and by custom women were unable to become officially educated, in one region they developed a written language which was passed down from mother to daughter, for female-centric communication.

Speakers: Filmmaker Jing Liu will be joining from China

Sponsors: Alice Paul Center, Penn East Asian Studies, Phila Asian American Film and Filmmakers, Penn Cinema Studies, The Wolf Humanities Center

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2F5D01l

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"Vanishing Chinatown"

Sunday, December 13
2:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Virtual Event

After the turn of the century, the Chan family teaches themselves photography and sets up a photo studio in Chinatown San Francisco, chiefly for the Chinese-American community.

The photos that they took speak to the hybridity of Chinese American life, including collages and double exposures to bring together families separated by the Chinese Exclusion Act, as well as depictions of Chinese Opera casts in Wild West and Prohibition period gangster costumes.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/35OsC91

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"The Wandering Chef"

Sunday, January 10
2:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Virtual Event

Known as the “Wandering Chef,” Jiho Im treks throughout the Korean peninsula in search of unique ingredients. While on the road, he’s inspired to undertake a formidable challenge: conceiving and cooking 108 dishes in 24 hours. Designed as a culinary representation of the 108 agonies of life in Buddhism, this meal is also a loving tribute to his adoptive mother.

Speakers: Dahye Kim (James Joo-Jin Kim Program for Korean Studies)

Sponsors: Presented by Penn Museum and co-sponsored by Penn's Center for East Asian Studies, Penn Cinema and Media Studies Program, James Joo-Jin Kim Program for Korean Studies, Wolf Humanities Center, and Philadelphia Asian American Film and Filmmakers.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2ZP0ChI

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"Welcome Valentine" and "Asho"

Sunday, February 14
2:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Virtual Event

"Welcome Valentine"
A short film about a Hindu priest who believes that love is love, and will marry anyone to anyone who they love. His temple is a shrine to love and filled with Valentine imagery, in stark contrast to the rejection of Valentine’s Day as expressed by orthodox Hindutva radicals.

"Asho"
Asho is a 10-year-old Bhakhtiari kid obsessed with Hollywood films, though he lives in rural Iran as a shepherd. We see him try on masculine roles in his endeavor to impress his intended bride.

Speakers: ilmmaker Dhruv Satija joining us from India, and Beeta Baghoolizadeh (Bucknell) with members of the Ajam Media Collective.

Sponsors: Penn Middle East Center, Penn South Asia Center, Ajam Media Collective, Philadelphia Asian American Film and Filmmakers, Penn Cinema and Media Studies Program, The Wolf Humanities Center

Learn more: https://bit.ly/33Fqxto

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"For My Father’s Kingdom"

Sunday, March 14
2:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Virtual Event

This is a film about a patriarch from Tonga who marries a New Zealand woman and begins a family with her, while becoming a significant supporter of his church and village leader. Over time churches have absorbed the traditional practices of massive feast giving and donation, which the village groups used to perform. How the family balances its own needs versus the collective needs of the community is at the center of this amazing and nuanced film.

Speaker: Gwendolyn Gordon, Legal Studies & Business Ethics, Wharton

Sponsors: Penn Hawaiian Club, Philadelphia Asian American Film and Filmmakers, Penn Cinema and Media Studies Progra, The Wolf Humanities Center

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3kvNQwt

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