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  • Where: Beijing and Shanghai
    When: May 7-10, 2014

    Partnering with the US Embassy, Beijing and CNEX, Film Forward returns to China for its fourth year of programming. Filmmakers Patrick Creadon (director, If You Build It), Cornelia Principe (producer, The World Before Her) and Hilla Medalia (director, Dancing In Jaffa) will join Film Forward for screenings, workshops and filmmaker discussions in Beijing and Shanghai. 

    If You Build It spends a year in the life of one of America’s most innovative classrooms and reveals both the failings of our broken education system and a hope for a new kind of classroom where students become the architects of their own futures. The World Before Her delivers a provocative portrait of India and its current cultural conflicts during a key transitional era in the country's modern history. It takes a look at two extreme ways of life in India – Miss India pageant’s rigorous beauty boot camp and the intense regime of a militant Hindu fundamentalist camp for young girls. Dancing In Jaffa tells the story of Pierre Dulaine, a renowned ballroom dancer who believes that dance can overcome political and cultural differences for Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children.

    Other films that will be screening with this program but without filmmaker representatives are: Circles, Fruitvale Station, The Rocket, Twenty Feet From Stardom and Valentine Road.

  • Program Collaborators

    US Embassy in China
    The US Embassy in China is dedicated to achieve a dynamic public diplomacy, people-to-people exchanges, and other programs designed to support the development of civil society, promote religious freedom, and improve policies to protect the unique languages, cultures and religions of China’s ethnic minorities. In conjunction, the US Embassy collaborates and coordinates with various US Consulates throughout China to promote educational and cultural exchanges with local partners.

    CNEX is the short form of “Chinese Next”. CNEX is a non-profit organization founded by a group of professionals, from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, who are passionate about Chinese culture. It is devoted to the production and promotion of documentaries related to the Chinese people. CNEX provides a platform of supports for and exchanges among Chinese documentary filmmakers by organizing and coordinating international cultural activities, both of independent initiatives or securing supports from governments. It aims to help more professionals in the effort of preserving cultures of Chinese communities, in the forms of visual and audio documents. CNEX hopes to establish and develop a library of global Chinese nonfiction work, and to enhance a sustainable strategy for the contemporary Chinese documentary making.

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