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Documenting the Memory of China's Great Famine

Wu Wenguang and the Folk Memory Project

King’s College London

1-3 December 2014


In the Folk Memory Project, China’s first independent documentary maker Wu Wenguang encouraged his young colleagues from Caochangdi Work Station in Beijing to go back to the villages to talk to their grandparents and the other villagers about an event they knew little about — the famine that killed tens of millions of people in China in 1960-61. Largely the result of the disastrous Great Leap Forward project, the famine is rarely spoken about today. This significant oral history project raises questions about the reliability of memory, the tension between cultural memory and official history, and the value of remembering.

In this very special programme, we are delighted to be able to present films from the project with their directors, Zou Xueping and Zhang Mengqi, as well as a panel discussion on the project and the famine, where they will be joined by historian Harriet Evans (University of Westminster) and anthropologist Stephan Feuchtwang (LSE).

Finally, we will also Wu Wenguang’s own personal memory project film and tribute to his mother, Treatment. Synopses of the films and directors’ statements are in the attachment.

All events take place at King’s College London, Strand campus and are FREE ENTRY. Please book tickets.


Monday 1 December
Time: 16:00 – 18:30

Venue: S-1.04
Satiated Village
 《吃饱的村子》 (Zou Xueping, 邹雪平, 2011, 88 min) & Q&A with director

Monday 1 December
Time: 18:30 -21:30

Venue: K-1.56
Children’s Village 《孩子的村子》 (Zou Xueping, 邹雪平, 2012, 85 min) & Q&A with director

Tuesday 2 December
Time: 16:00 – 18:00

Venue: S-1.06
Self-Portrait: At 47 KM 《自画像:47公里》 (Zhang Mengqi, 章梦奇,2011, 77 min) & Q&A with director

Tuesday 2 December
Time: 18:30 – 21:30

Venue: S-2.23
Panel Discussion on the Folk Memory Project and the Famine
Participants: Wu Wenguang, Zou Xueping, Zhang Mengqi, Professor Harriet Evans (University of Westminster), Professor Stephan Feuchtwang (LSE)

Wednesday 3 December
18:30 -21:30
Safra Lecture Theatre
Treatment 《治疗》 (Wu Wenguang, 吴文光, 2010, 80 min) & Q&A with director

This event is co-hosted by the Chinese Visual Festival.

Professor Chris Berry
Department of Film Studies
King’s College London

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