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.
On March 4, the David Lam Centre at SFU‐Harbour Centre will screen Losers and Winners, a German documentary reminiscent of the heated debate around the arrival of Chinese miners in Northern BC. Two cultures collide in this unusual tale of globalization. This award‐winning film documents the dismantling of a massive smelting complex in Germany for shipment to and reassembly in China.
Shot over an eighteen‐month period, Losers and Winners chronicles the entire amazing process, revealing the ironies and ambiguities inherent in such global economic changes, the respective sensations of loss and accomplishment, and of differing personal prospects for the future.
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.
As well, this year’s program features Extraction by Vancouver‐based Theatre Conspiracy, a documentary theatre show that delves deep into the heart of intertwined cultural phenomena: China’s rise as an economic power and oil extraction in Alberta. Mining the biographies of non‐actor performers, this bilingual (English and Mandarin) play digs beneath the surface of highly charged political debates to illuminate lives transformed by legendary traffic jams, boomtown fever, translation trouble and diplomatic intrigue in Beijing and in Fort McMurray’s tar sands, which has been called one of the largest industrial projects in human history. “To the Alberta that I grew up in, China couldn’t have been more foreign, more ‘other’,” states Tim Carlson, Extraction’s writer and producer. “Now these two entities have a lot in common: oil mainly, but the larger product is cultural — which forces us to take a nuanced look at how we trade ideas as well as resources or how we translate values while exchanging currency.” Extraction will have its world premiere at The Cultch (1895 Venables St) from March 5 to 9. DocuAsia discussions will add flair to this captivating performance on March 6 and 7.
“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