Legacies of Leftism in Film and Media Theory: East Asia and Beyond | Spring 2019

Feb. 28th - March 2nd, 2019
Additional Screening on March 3rd, 2019


Thursday, February 28 

Conference & Round Table: 7:30 - 9:30pm – Faculty House

Friday, March 1

Conference: 9:00am - 5:30pm - Lenfest Center for the Arts - Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room

Screening & Talk: 7:30pm - 10:30pm - Lenfest Center for the Arts - Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room


Treasures from World Film Archives – Japan and the U.S.




Talk: “Akira Iwasaki and Eric Barnouw: Prokino, the Bomb, and Columbia University”

Markus Nornes, Professor of Asian Cinema, University of Michigan

Screening:  Effects of the Atomic Bomb (Ikira Iwasaki, Japan, 1945)

Saturday, March 2


Conference: 9:00 - 5:00 pm - Lenfest Center for the Arts - Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room

Screening: 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm – Lenfest Center for the Arts - Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room


Treasures from Asian Film Archives – China


Under the Heel still           


Introduction: Li  DaoXin, Professor, School of Arts, Peking University

Screening: Under the Heel (Dir & sc: Wang Yuanlong, Da Zhonghua-Baihe Film Co., 1929)

60 minutes, silent with piano accompaniment

Sunday, March 3


Screening & Discussion: 7:00 pm - Butler Library - Rm. 203


Archiving Disappearing Worlds and World Views: Chinese Independent Documentary at Columbia




Discussion: Chi Wang, documentary film historian; Communication University of China; editor, Documenting & Methods and Contemporary Documentary Practice; guest editor: World Cinema (Beijing),  Contemporary Cinema (Beijing); Co-author with Brian Winston and Gail Vanstone, The Act of Documentary

Screening: Tianamen (Shi Jian, China, 1991), River Elegy (Xia Jun, China, 1988)



Event Co-sponsors: The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities; Weatherhead East Asian Institute; Dragon Summit Fund, C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Donald Keene Center for Japanese Studies; Center for Korean Research; Academy of Korean Studies; Film and Media Studies, School of the Arts; Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought; Center for Chinese Literature and Culture; Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures; Institute for Comparative Literature & Society;  Division of Humanities in Arts and Sciences Columbia University; Center for Comparative Media; School of the Arts Dean’s Global Programs; Sites of Cinema Faculty Seminar; Permanent Seminar on Histories of Film Theories; Columbia University Press; Executive Vice President of Arts & Sciences Columbia University; Columbia Global Center l Beijing