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24 Apr
Sun, Apr 24 at 2:00 pm
BAMPFA
BAMPFA 2155 Center Street
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States

Guests Expected

Directors Violet Columbus and Ben Klein are expected to attend with subject Wu'er Kaixi.

Description

Never-before-seen footage of Chinese dissidents enmeshed in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and their bittersweet reflections 30 years later anchor this part cine-memoir, part archival excavation focused on Who Killed Vincent Chin? (Festival 1988) documentary firebrand Christine Choy. Relinquishing control of the camera to her students Ben Klein and Violet Columbus, the filmmaker is freed to ruminate over her personal journey to the US and her complicated relationship with her homeland. In Choy’s past and present interviews with her subjects, we see connections made and witness the tremendous sacrifices undertaken by those who held onto the ideals of democracy. A trailblazing provocateur returns center stage bringing compatriots along in a film that won the Documentary US Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Produced by Steven Soderbergh.

Director Violet Columbus

A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Film & Television, Violet Columbus previously co-directed a narrative short, Willy (2017). The Exiles, her first documentary feature, won the documentary US Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

Director Ben Klein

Ben Klein previously made a short, Peace in the Nation (2016), and co-directed Willy (2017). He was the cinematographer on the Sundance Film Festival award-winning short Stranger Than Rotterdam with Sara Driver (2021). The Exiles is his first feature. He is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Trailer

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Film Details

Language English, Mandarin Chinese

Year 2021

Premiere California

Runtime 96

Country USA, Taiwan, France, China

Director Violet Columbus, Ben Klein

Executive Producer Steven Soderbergh, Chris Columbus, Eleanor Columbus

Producer Maria Chiu, Ben Klein, Violet Columbus

Editor Connor K. Smith

Cinematographer Connor K. Smith, Alexander J. Hufschmid

Music Onyx Collective

Closed Captions Closed captions are available for both screenings. Please let us know if you would like a closed-captioning device when purchasing your ticket or by emailing ADA@SFFilm.org.

Audio Description Audio description is not available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided at the Apr 23 screening at the Victoria Theatre. Please let us know if you would like to reserve a seat with optimal visibility when purchasing your ticket or by emailing ADA@sffilm.org.