A Chinese view of the restoration of China-US ties

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 4 p.m. 6:30 p.m. USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism (ASC), 204

Noted documentary filmmaker Gu Jun produced a ten part series on China-US relations, Between China and the U.S. 中美之间. We will screen two episodes from the series about the Nixon trip in 1972 and the Carter-Deng agreement to restore formal diplomatic relations in 1978. These films share unique archival footage and draw on remarkable conversations with participants in these events, including American figures such as Henry Kissinger, Winston Lord, Jimmy Carter and Zbigniew Brzezinski and many on the Chinese side who have not previously been interviewed including famed interpreter Tang Wensheng (Nancy Tang). After the screening, Gu Jun will discuss the film with USCI specialists and the audience. The screening is free, but reservations are required.

Gu Jun 顾筠 is a prolific and prize-winning director. She’s probably best known for Dreamweavers 筑梦 2008, an award-winning film that was seven years in the making and followed the stories of five individuals as China prepared for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She also made Everlasting Flame 永恒之火, Beijing’s official film of the Olympics. More recently, she directed an eight part series about longstanding ties between Chinese and a variety of people along the maritime silk road, Crossing the Silk Road by Sea 穿越海上丝绸之路. Hundreds of millions of people have watched Gu Jun’s films.