February 21, 2013

ACWW Supports 4th DocuAsia Forum

The ACWW is proud to support the 4th DocuAsia Forum. Co‐presented by the David Lam Centre at SFU and Cinevolution Media Arts Society, the DocuAsia Forum is an annual Metro Vancouver event for exploring Asia‐Canada relations as they develop. By bringing together filmmakers, artists, academics, community representatives and the general public, DocuAsia provides a platform for informed dialogue concerning the current cultural and economic development in Asia, and global implications for the future.

The Richmond Cultural Centre will host the opening film of this year’s event, Price of Gold, on February
28. In Mongolian with English subtitles, this new documentary unveils the gold rush in Mongolia for the
first time. Foreign corporations have mined the Mongolian land, but now close to 10,000 rogue
Mongolian nomads, known as Ninjas, have begun prospecting for the leftovers. Small independent crews,
without the aid of modern technology or equipment, risk their lives digging for a small piece of the action.
The film illustrates the erosion of local culture and environment, and exemplifies similar social processes
taking place in other settings across the globe.  Extremely timely in light of recent backlash against the China‐Canada FIPPA agreement and the presence of Chinese miners in Northern BC, the upcoming 4th DocuAsia Forum attempts to compile the human stories behind broader social, political and economic shifts and envision a different kind of globalization – one that would move away from a model of cultural fragmentation to one of mutual understanding through discourse grounded in life and death concerns shared by all of us.

“The challenge presented in the films and the theatre play is how we can talk to each other from our
culturally somewhat isolating positions in ways that lead to unified action for our species on a small
planet that is in trouble,” said David Lam Centre director, Paul Crowe.

“We believe, underneath the political, cultural, racial or religious disparity, if we really listen to others’ stories with an open heart, we will see the similarity beneath the difference,” saidYing Wang, the director of Cinevolution Media Arts Society, a Richmond based organization also behind the Your
Kontinent: Richmond Int’l Film and Media Arts Festival.

Film screenings are free. Tickets for Extraction from $17. All DocuAsia events followed by public


Thursday, Feb 28, 7:30pm Richmond Cultural Centre (7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond)
Price of Gold | Free
86 minutes | Germany | Mongolia | Mongolian w/ English subtitles | BC Premiere

Monday March 4, 7pm Harbour Centre of SFU
Losers and Winners | Free
96 minutes | Germany | German & Mandarin w/ English subtitles

Wed & Thur, March 6 & 7,  8pm at The Cultch (1895 Venables St Vancouver)
Extraction & talkback | Tickets from $17
Bilingual documentary theatre show about legendary traffic jams, boomtown fever, diplomatic intrigue
and the politics of oil.

For event details, please visit www.cinevolutionmedia.com