Free admission to holders of a current Harvard ID, sponsored by Harvard-China Project and Harvard-Global Institute
Beginning with a mining explosion in Mongolia and ending in a ghost city west of Beijing, documentarian Zhao Liang’s new film Behemoth details, in one breathtaking sequence after another, the social and environmental devastation driven by the totality of humankind’s desire and greed.
After the screening, Director Liang will attend via Skype for a discussion with Gen Carmel of the LEF Foundation and Crows & Sparrows. The discussion will be interpreted by Canaan Morse, a Ph.D. candidate in Chinese Literature at Harvard.
Behemoth is co-presented by The DocYard; Crows & Sparrows; the Harvard-China Project, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; and the Environment in Asia Series, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.
Event website: http://chinaproject.harvard.edu/event/behemoth
With his unique vision and acute reflections on social issues and conditions, Zhao has been extending the frontiers of documentary filmmaking in China today. His award-winning Crime and Punishment (Best Film – Festival des 3 Continents – Nantes, France; also screened in Locarno) was an eye-opening exploration of military law enforcement in China. His Petition (aka The Court of the Complaints) followed a group of disgruntled citizens from 1996 to 2008, and was screened at the Cannes Film Festival (Special Screenings). The film has won several awards at festivals, including Hong Kong, DocLisboa, Hawaii, DocNZ Auckland and Tiburon. His documentary Together revealed the situation of HIV and AIDS in China, and was screened at the Berlinale Panorama.
Born in Northeastern China (Dandong, Liaoning Province), Zhao Liang graduated from Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in 1992. Based in Beijing since 1993, Zhao has been working as an independent documentary filmmaker as well as a multimedia artist in photography and video art. His works have been exhibited in the International Center of Photography (New York), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Museo Reina So a (Madrid) and numerous other art galleries and museums around the world.