David Winton Bell Gallery

Event Details

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Film Screening | Falling from the Sky | Jin Shan | My dad is Li Gang! 我爸是李刚!

List Art Center Auditorium


Falling from the Sky 天降 (2009)
Directed by Zhang Zanbo 张赞波
124 min. Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles.


On the occasion of Jin Shan's exhibition My dad is Li Gang! 我爸是李刚!, the David Winton Bell Gallery will host a special screening of Chinese documentary filmmaker Zhang Zanbo's "Falling from the Sky" (2009). The screening will be introduced by Prof. Joshua Neves of Brown University's Department of Modern Culture and Media and followed by a question and answer session with Prof. Neves and gallery curator Ian Alden Russell.
Film Synopsis
Little-known Suining county lies directly in the path of falling debris from the Xichang Satellite Launching Base, one of three satellite launching bases in China. Ten times in the last 20 years, the county has been visited by dangerous “aliens from the skies”: falling satellite debris that smashes into the tranquil lives of the 160,000 impoverished local inhabitants. In China, 2008 was both “the year of the Olympics” and “the year of space exploration.” While the people of Suining, like their fellow countrymen and women, eagerly awaited the Olympic Games, their pride about Chinese development, particularly in terms of space exploration, was tempered by the fact that they had to endure falling wreckage from constant satellite launches.