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Seminar: How to Reimagine Bollywood by Prof. Ashish Rajadhyaksha

Seminar: How to Reimagine Bollywood by Prof. Ashish Rajadhyaksha

Dates: 4th December 2017
Time: 15:30 – 17:00
Venue: D2-LP-12
Language: English



How to Reimagine Bollywood

Bollywood has produced numerous conundrums: as a kind of copycat version of a Hollywood original, it has been a source of some irritation to Indian filmmakers. As a new kind of cultural economy, including fashion, tourism, food and investment destinations, Bollywood has been a brand ambassador for numerous industries: but in the process, it has also become far removed from, and far in excess of, the cinema. Bollywood is presented at its most complex when it is widely seen, as with Aamir Khan’s recent successes in China, as the soft power arm of India, except that the Indian state has no control over it, and no capacity to leverage its global reach. Most corporate interests in the entertainment sector trying to ride on Bollywood’s success have also had a hard time converting an obvious interest in all things Indian into a stable market for a new economy. This presentation tracks the origins and key uses of the concept, and also the consequences of the Bollywood conundrum: is it an industry in its own right, or merely a refraction of other industries in India and elsewhere? Does it have economic existence or is it a countercultural chimera, to be consumed on the margins of the world’s creative industries?


Ashish Rajadhyaksha is a noted cultural theorist and film scholar. He is currently Professor of Practice in the Department of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University. He has written and published widely in the area of Indian cinema, India’s cultural policy, and on the visual arts. He is the co-editor (with Paul Willemen) of the Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema (published in 1999 and 2001 by the British Film Institute). His books include The Last Cultural Mile: An Inquiry into Technology and Governance in India (2011) and Indian Cinema in the Time of Celluloid: From Bollywood to the Emergency (2009). He has curated a number of film and art events, including (with Geeta Kapur) Bombay/Mumbai 1991-2001 for the exhibition Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis (2002) and You Don’t Belong (China/Hong Kong, 2012/13).

Screening & Discussion – listen angels singing

Screening & Discussion – listen angels singing

Venue: C-LP-02

Date: 18th October 2017 (Mon)

Time: 19:00 – 21:30


(Screening) Mandarin, with Chinese and English subtitles;

(Discussion) Cantonese, supplemented with English

director: wu shumei | camera and editing: wu shumei, chen kwenyuan | producer:財團法人福榮融合教育推廣基金會(a foundation promoting inclusive education in taiwan) | mandarin ( with chinese and english subtitles) | 2011 | taiwan | 50 min | colour


does “special educational needs” really reduce difference, promote integration, or is it just labeling? perhaps even to the point of singling out those labelled as a minority?

indeed, what is education?

in taiwan, a group of students in an “inclusive education class” form a choir to join the annual school music competition. each student has their own uniqueness, just like notes in music.

when different notes are put together, what would their melody sound like? are their daily interactions and mutual aid in fact their conductor batons? the result of the competition is not the main point, their daily interactions make the essence.

there is an angel inside every child’s heart, can you see them?










如有任何查詢,歡迎聯絡 張先生 ( 電話:2948 7360 / 電郵 )。


Film Salons curated by students: Fruit Chan’s Hong Kong

Film Salons curated by students: Fruit Chan’s Hong Kong

Dates: Starting from 19/10, every other Thursday
Time: 18:00 – 21:00
Venue: D2-LP-05
Language: (film) Cantonese with English subtitles for film; (post-screening discussion) Bilingual

*All are welcome! No registration required.*


In this semester, we are looking for fellow movie lovers at EdUHK, who enjoy viewing and analyzing films, and would like to help this platform grow. We will kick off this semester’s programme on 19th October (Thurs) with Fruit Chan’s The Midnight After. In November, we will screen “The 1997 Trilogy “(1997 refers to the year of Hong Kong’s handover to the People’s Republic of China) every other week.

這是由學生所策劃的電影沙龍,現邀請教大電影愛好者隔週與我們一起欣賞和分析電影。今個學期讓我們從陳果的電影開始,看看我們(不曾)熟識的香港:我們將先於10 月19 日放映《那夜凌晨,我坐上了旺角開往大埔的紅VAN》;11 月將放映「九七三部曲」。

  • 19/10 The Midnight After 《那夜凌晨,我坐上了旺角開往大埔的紅VAN》 (2014)
  • 2/11 Little Cheung 《細路祥》 (1999)
  • 16/11 The Longest Summer 《去年煙花特別多》 (1998)
  • 30/11 Made in Hong Kong 《香港製造》 (1997)

About Fruit Chan (陳果)

Award-winning independent Hong Kong filmmaker, screenwriter and producer Fruit Chan is best known for his films depicting the everyday life of local people. His internationally acclaimed films include Made in Hong Kong (1997) and Durian Durian(2000). Fruit Chan’s latest film, The Midnight After, had its world premiere in the Panorama section of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2014.


Supplementary materials on Fruit Chan’s films in relation to identity issue

Siu, H.. (2004). The representation of Hong Kong identity in Fruit Chan’s films. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from




All sessions are intended for purposes of giving or receiving instruction through film analysis and commentary among students and teachers.


Film Screening: exodus of nowhere.episode one

Screening & Discussion – exodus of nowhere, episode one: the water is wide

Co-created by Lee Wai Yi, Enoch Ng, and Kelvin Wu, 2002-2013. A v-artivist film.

Venue: C-LP-02

Date: 6th November 2017 (Mon)

Time: 18:30 – 21:30

Language: (Screening) Chinese and English, with Chinese and English subtitles; (Discussion) Cantonese, supplemented with English

exodus of nowhere is a film series about the relationships between the grassroots and the borders in Hong Kong. The three filmmakers look into individual family histories as well as the grand narratives of human migration in their attempt to understand the ways in which the narrative network constituted by migration, border-crossing, wealth disparity, colonization, gender politics, capitalistic globalization and ethnic politics, creates countless tragedies of the grassroots.

the water is wide: Currently, questions of “migration” and “locality” are hotly debated in Hong Kong and often viewed as oppositional and irreconcilable.  the water is wide tells the story of the very first of these serious conflicts, the right of abode issue of children of Hong Kong citizens who were born in Mainland China before the 1997 handover.


v-artivist, a Hong Kong community-based art group, believes that ‘art is the creative expression of the relationship between individual and collective,’ and is thus devoted to “giving art back to the people and letting people return to art.” Most of v-artivist’s film-length “productions,” are continuous participatory documentaries that involve co-creation with people who are “being filmed,” including people in deep distress (2013), raging land film series (2010-), walk on! shung ning road (2011), and home where the yellow banners fly (2006). The essay-film trilogy exodus of nowhere is their response to the growing ethnic tension in contemporary Hong Kong. Other than filmmaking, v-artivist is also actively engaged in the media literacy movement to empower the grassroots’ continuous and autonomous engagement with art.


〔只隔一江水〕:近年在香港,圍繞著「移動」和 「本土」的對立展開了十分劇烈的社會爭議,彷彿兩者只可以是相互排斥的身份。〔只隔一江水〕這一段,環繞著近廿年裡首宗掀起爭議的「港人內地所生子女爭取居港權運動」,以居港權運動的家長和子女穿越邊界的故事,尋問「人」的立足點。



共同創作:吳以諾、胡家偉、李維怡 |製作:影行者|語言:廣東話/福建話/海南話/潮州話/普通話/波斯語/西班牙語/英語/中英文字幕|2002﹣2013/香港/75分鐘/彩色/DV

co-created: enoch ng、kelvin wu、lee waiyi |produced: v-artivist|language: cantonese/fujian dialect/hainan dialect/chaozhou dialect/mandarin/spanish/persian/english/chinese and english subtitles|2002﹣2013/hong kong /75 min/colors/dv



Dialogue with the Director and Screenwriter of “Mad World”

Dialogue with the Director and Screenwriter of “Mad World”

Date: Apr 11, 2017 (Tues)
Time: 7 – 8.30pm
Venue: D2-LP-10, Tai Po Campus, The Education University of Hong Kong

Guests: Director Wong Chun
Screenwriter Florence Chan
Moderator: Nicholas Wong (LCS)

“To avoid, or to confront? To deny, or to embrace? To give up, or to make a change?”

The film begins with an old man who has long been absent as a father (Eric TSANG), picking up his son (Shawn YUE), who is suffering from bipolar disorder, from a mental hospital. Both men are in deep remorse for the accident that caused the death of the mother (Elaine JIN). The tension and anxiety boil as they stay with each other in a tiny subdivided flat. As time passes, they realize the pain between one another is not the only confrontation that awaits them; but also to face the cruel and unjust world that they are living in.

Langauge: Cantonese, with simultaneous interpretation in English

ALL are welcome! No registration required.

Enquires: Manni Cheung (CPCH) at or 2948-7360

《一念無明》― 與導演及編劇對話

曰期:四月十一日 (星期二)



嘉賓 : 黃進 導演 陳楚珩 編劇

主持 : 黃裕邦(文學及文化學系)



阿東(余文樂 飾)患有躁鬱症,因父親離家不顧,獨力照顧飽受病患折磨的母親 (金燕玲 飾)。母子二人情緒互相牽引激化,猶如漫長的困獸鬥。一天,阿東如常替失禁的母親沖洗,拉扯間發生意外,導致母親死亡。阿東的父親大海(曾志偉 飾)驚覺一直逃避的問題發酵成了悲劇。獨居多年的他在愧疚和孤獨驅使下,應醫院建議,接阿東到自己的板間房暫住


查詢:張先生(流行文化與人文學研究中心) 或 2948-7360


After Poetry, What Now?

In this talk, Mariko Nagai will be talking about the prosody of American/English poetry and its (ir)relevance for poets who write from the non-American/British background. She will talk about the process of creating Irradiated Cities, a hybrid project that incorporates interviews, found phrases, primary sources and photography, as a way to create a new mode of expression that could not be contained in the American/English prosody.



Born in Tokyo and raised in Europe and America, Mariko Nagai studied English/Creative Writing – Poetry at New York University. Her numerous honors include the Erich Maria Remarque Fellowship from New York University, fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Akademie Schloss Solitude, UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for the Arts, Yaddo, and Writers Center of Norwich, to name a few. She has received the Pushcart Prizes both in poetry and fiction. Nagai’s collection of poems, Histories of Bodies, won the Benjamin Saltman Prize from Red Hen Press, and her first collection of stories, Georgic: Stories won the 2009 G.S. Sharat Chandra Fiction Prize from BkMk Press. Her other books include Instructions for the Living (Word Palace Press 2012), Dust of Eden (Albert Whitman & Co, 2014), and Irradiated Cities (Les Figues, 2016). She is an Associate Professor of creative writing and Japanese literature at Temple University, Japan Campus in Tokyo, where she is also the Director of Research. She also serves as Co-Regional Advisor of SCBWI Japan.

Event Details
Date: 27 March 2017
Time: 18:30
Venue: D4-G/F-04, Tao Po Campus, The Education University of Hong Kong

For enquiries, please contact Mr. Manni CHEUNG: (E), (T) 2948-7360.