Film Screening – Discovering a Musical Heartland: Wu Man's Return to China

Cover of Discovering a Musical Heartland: Wu Man's Return to China featuring Wu Man walking with an older Chinese man down a dirt road

October 14, 2019 | 6:00PM
International House

Free | Open to the public

Wu Man explores ancient Chinese musical traditions in her documentary Discovering a Musical Heartland: Wu Man’s Return to China. The film documents Wu Man’s expeditions through China’s remote regions as she unearths ancient musical traditions that are in danger of being lost among the more popular musical trends in the country today. Over the course of this independent project Wu Man interviewed family bands including the Hua Family Shawm Band, the Li Family Taoist Yin Yang Band, and the Zhang Family Shadow Puppetry Band to expose musical rituals and lifestyles to audiences outside of China.

Guests are invited to a reception prior to the screening beginning at 5:30 PM. Following the screening, Wu will participate in an open discussion with the audience.

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Presented by the University of Chicago Presents and the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies with generous support from a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center Grant, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the International House Global Voices Program at the University of Chicago, and the Chinese Fine Arts Society of Chicago. This engagement is further supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Illinois Arts Council and the Crane Group.