On Tuesday, April 14, the Center for Asian Studies is partnering with Critical Media Practices and the Department of Anthropology to bring People's Park to campus. Produced by Libbie D. Cohn and J.P. Sniadecki, People's Park is a 78-minute single shot documentary that immerses viewers in an unbroken journey through a famous urban park in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. The film explores the dozens of moods, rhythms, and pockets of performance coexisting in tight proximity within the park's prismatic social space, capturing waltzing couples, mighty sycamores, karaoke singers, and buzzing cicadas in lush 5.1 surround sound. A sensory meditation on cinematic time and space, People's Park offers a fresh gaze at public interaction, leisure, and self-expression in China.
The film will begin at 7:00 p.m. in ATLAS 102. A roundtable discussion with Daniel Boord (Film Studies/Critical Media Practices), Christian S. Hammons (Anthropology), and Timothy Oakes (Geography) will follow the screening.