Date: May 26, 2015
Registration: 7:30-8:00 pm
Film & Discussion: 8:00-9:00 pm
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The film and discussion will be in English.
The Yale Center Beijing and Ping Pong Productions will host a screening of the documentary film China Remix followed by a conversation with Co-Director Melissa Lefkowitz and one of the film’s main characters, Olusheye Abimbola.
The city of Guangzhou is home to China's largest community of African immigrants. This short documentary explores the city’s burgeoning African entertainment industry through the lives of three African hip-hop artists. The film follows the entertainers as they prepare for their shows, perform, and live their daily lives with their Chinese and African family members and friends.
Review from The Atlantic’s Citylab
“A more nuanced representation of Guangzhou's African population is found in the upcoming documentary China Remix. The film follows three African hip-hop artists, two from Nigeria and one from Uganda, as they pursue a music career in China—some dodging residency restrictions and cultural challenges along the way. It demonstrates that, in China's "Chocolate City," the entrepreneurial spirit of African residents is more complicated than simply hawking items on the curb. The three musicians represent an African generation that is global, and increasingly taking on the world's cities with a determination to forge their own careers, including those in the arts. Moreover, as one African resident tells the filmmakers, "music is a global language that can bind us together." Hip-hop has become an unlikely opportunity to cast a brighter light on the African community and its contributions to Guangzhou's culture.”