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  • AsiaLENS featured story at readbuzz.com

    AsiaLENS embraces Asian storytelling

    by Taylor Cygan,  September 10, 2018

    The AsiaLENS film series has long been a staple at the University of Illinois, providing viewers with international films often unknown or fairly inaccessible to those stateside.

    Go to readbuzz.com article

  • Sep 13 | AsiaLENS screening | Forgive - Don't Forget

    Forgive - Don't Forget
    Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 7:00 pm
    Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL

    During Japan's surrender at the end of World War II, numerous swords were confiscated by American Officers. To better understand the past and build a bridge between cultures in the present, a filmmaker attempts to return one of these surrendered swords to its original owner.

  • CALL FOR FILMS - AAS Film Expo 2018

    The upcoming AAS conference is scheduled for March 22-25, 2018 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington D.C.

    For more information, please download the AAS Film Expo Submission Form.

    *** DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS NOVEMBER 10, 2017 ***

  • AsiaLENS Screening @ Spurlock Museum - February 14th

    AsiaLENS Presents:
    PUNCH
    Directed by Lee Han
    2011. 107 minutes. Korea. Korean with English subtitles.

    Film Description:
    PUNCH is a coming of age film set in an impoverished Seoul neighborhood. One of Korea’s most popular films of 2011, it follows the life of a high school student who is more talented at fighting than at studying. His homeroom teacher seems to enjoy tormenting him. His disabled father struggles to support him. He doesn’t know anything about his mother, but discovers that she isn’t even Korean. The movie succeeds through its interesting and sympathetic portrayals of a diverse set of characters.

    Presented as part of “South Korean Millennials: Coming of Age in the Twenty-first Century” co-sponsored by Indiana University

    AsiaLENS is a series of free public film screenings and lecture / discussion programs -- organized by AEMS and CEAPS in collaboration with Spurlock Museum -- presenting recent documentary and independent films on issues reflecting contemporary life in Asia.

    All AsiaLENS screenings are FREE and open to the public.
    http://aems.illinois.edu/

  • CALL FOR FILMS - AAS Film Expo 2017

    The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) annually hosts the premier North American conference of Asia scholars devoted to scheduled programs of scholarly papers, roundtable discussions, workshops, and panel sessions on a wide range of issues in research and teaching, and on Asian affairs in general. The upcoming AAS conference is scheduled for March 16 -19, 2017 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

    AAS Film Expo was established as a conference program in 2011 by the Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS), an outreach program of the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Documentary and independent films on issues reflecting contemporary life in Asia are projected in a dedicated screening room with a schedule running from Thursday through Saturday. An “on demand” screening area allows additional viewing opportunities for attendees who miss scheduled screening times.

    We welcome the submission of films related to Asia produced by scholars and independent filmmakers. Criteria utilized in the selection process include timeliness, broad appeal to the scholarly community, and examples of new field work. All films presented in the conference are promoted in a special AAS Film Expo booklet which includes contact information for distributors or filmmakers who self-distribute.

    In addition to the Film Expo booklet distributed to conference attendees, film listings are included in the AAS Annual Conference Program Addendum and on the AEMS website: http://aems.illinois.edu. When possible, short post-screening Q&A’s are arranged with filmmakers or film representatives in attendance or via online video conferencing.

    For more information, please download the AAS Film Expo Submission Form.

    *** DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS NOVEMBER 28, 2016 ***

     

  • AsiaLENS screening @ Spurlock museum - October 18

    Threads: The Art and Life of Surayia Rahman
    Directed by Cathy Stevulak. Produced by Cathy Stevulak and Leonard Hill.
    2015. 30 minutes. In Bengali and English with English subtitles.

    Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 7:00 pm
    Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana IL

    A special pre-screening introduction by co-producer Leonard Hill will be presented by the Spurlock Museum Guild Lecture and Performance Series. Madhu Viswanathan, the Diane and Steven N. Miller Centennial Chair in Business, will lead a post-screening discussion with Leonard Hill.

    Special Engagement: Join a discussion with co-producer Leonard Hill earlier in the day at the Asian American Cultural Center's (1210 West Nevada Street, Urbana, IL) Food for Thought program at 12:00 pm.

    A self-trained and passionate artist, Surayia Rahman is an unconventional Bengali woman who frees herself, other women and families from poverty and social hardships, by guiding hundreds of underprivileged women in Bangladesh to create masterworks of exquisitely hand-embroidered art that has been gifted to dignitaries and admired in collections throughout the world.

    For more information on this and future events: http://www.aems.illinois.edu/events/asialens.html

  • New Location!

    Our Asian Educational Media Service Library has moved to a new location! Please come and visit us at: 505 E. Green St., Champaign, IL 61820 We look forward to better serving the community!

  • AsiaLENS screening @ Spurlock museum

    My Fair Wedding, a 2014 film by Jang Hee-sun. 94 minutes. Korean with English subtitles. Tuesday, April 12th, 7:00PM, Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL Introduction and post discussion TBD. In this intimate and candid film, we follow Gwang-Soo and Dave as they plan their gala wedding, the first same-sex marriage performed in South Korea. Held openly to the public at Kwangtong Bridge, this landmark wedding is not free from gay marriage opponents making their displeasure heard before and during the grooms’ special day. A light-hearted love story with strong undertones about marriage equality, My Fair Wedding offers a first-hand account on overcoming adversity and how a milestone event goes beyond just one couple. For more information on this and future events: http://www.aems.illinois.edu/events/asialens.htmI

  • AsiaLENS screening @ Spurlock Museum - March 8

    I Am, a 2011 film by Sonali Gulati. 71 minutes. Hindi and English with English subtitles. Tuesday, March 8th, 7:00PM, Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL Introduction and post discussion TBD. After eleven years, an Indian lesbian filmmaker chronicles the journey home to finally confront the loss of her mother whom she never came out to. By meeting parents of other gay and lesbian Indians, she pieces together the fabric of what family truly means, in a landscape where being gay was, until recently, a criminal and punishable offense. For more information on this and future events: http://www.aems.illinois.edu/events/asialens.htmI

  • AsiaLENS screening @ Spurlock Museum - February 9th

    Tales of the Waria, a 2011 film by Kathy Huang. 56 minutes. Tuesday, February 9th, 7:00PM, Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL Introduction and post discussion by Leslie Morrow, Director, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center, Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Indonesia is home to the world’s largest Muslim population. It is also home to a community of transgendered individuals known as warias, biological men who live openly as women. In this eye-opening PBS documentary, four warias search for romance and intimacy. Along the way, they encounter unique obstacles that force them to make extraordinary sacrifices to keep the ones they love. For more information on this and future events: http://www.aems.illinois.edu/events/asialens.htm

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