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Chindia: Short Films from the Diaspora

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'Chindia' consists of a visual art exhibition, a short film event and stories from the artists who explore issues of cultural and national identity, politics, displacement and diaspora histories.

As part of the 'Chindia' exhibition, ‘Chindia: Stort Films from the Diaspora’ will screen six short films from Jamaica, Malaysia, Singapore and Samoa that reveal a snapshot of the lived experiences of the Chinese and Indian diaspora communities. Learn how these short films unpack the multiplicity of identities in culturally diverse communities, and the various ways these identities have merged, grown and intersected with other communities.

HALF: THE STORY OF A CHINESE-JAMAICAN SON (Jamaica)
Caught between two cultures and races – Vincent Lee was born to a Chinese father and a Jamaican mother. After his father’s premature death, five-year-old Vincent sailed across the ocean to southern China where he endured a life of hardship and servitude. Separated from his mother and siblings for more than two decades, Vincent returned to his native Jamaica as an adult. In this compelling documentary told from multiple perspectives, Half reflects the complex, yet common practice of sending mixed-race sons to China for acculturation in the 1930s. It reveals one man’s universal search for family, identity, and belonging.

Duration: 24 minutes
Director: Jeanette Kong
Year: 2013

SINGH IN THE LION CITY (Singapore)
A documentary about a Singaporean Sikh man’s personal quest to decode his cultural identity. This sets him on a journey of self-discovery along a shared heritage trail – which he encapsulates and celebrates via the creation of an app. This film on touches on wider themes of diaspora and shared heritage.

Duration: 14 minutes
Director: Upneet Kaur-Nagpal
Year: 2018

KOPITIAM, THE APPRENTICE & PORTRAIT OF AN INVISIBLE MAN (Malaysia)
Kopitiam

A short documentary filmed as part of the kopitiam photo essay project commissioned by TimeOutKL. This is a journey into the heart of coffee shop culture in Kuala Lumpur. Bronze winner for Best Online Video at the Asian Digital Media Awards 2014.

The Apprentice
Low Kok Kee is 67. He runs a print shop in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Foto Pak Tai has been faithfully serving the photography and printing needs of the local community since the 1940’s. With the advent of the digital age and a rapidly fluctuating appetite of the young and hip, Pak Tai is a business in decline. Increasingly dependent on his long-standing arrangement that for the time-being still sees the continual patronage from law enforcement for their official photographs, Low is somewhat philosophical about the day when he will be forced to draw the curtains on Pak Tai.

Duration: 4.59 minutes
Director: Mahen Bala
Year: 2015

Portrait of an Invisible Man
Mr. Moorthy is quite possibly the last working film projectionist in Malaysia. He had spent the last 30 odd-years feeding reels of film into the projector, making sure the patrons of the cinema are entertained with their weekly, if not daily, fix of cinema escapism. Today his job is being replaced with an automated digital system. In this short portrait documentary, he speaks of his memories watching films at the cinema and the changes that he has witnessed over the decades.

Duration: 4 minutes
Director: Mahen Bala
Year: 2012

DRAGONS IN PARADISE (Samoa)
The first wave of Chinese immigrants arrived in Samoa in the late 19th Century. As time stretched on and the more that came (be it as free settlers or indentured labourers), they integrated into the culture, learnt the fa’asamoa, married Samoans, had Samoan families and eventually died in Samoa as Samoans. The legacy they left behind is powerful and can be seen in the culture and the people of Samoa today. Despite the history, the newest wave of Chinese to arrive in Samoa has upset a lot of the locals. Taking businesses that should be set aside for Locals, skirting laws set up to prevent them from doing so and funnelling money out of the Samoan economy, are just some of the issues being voiced by Samoans. This documentary delves into the past, meets the descendants of the people that changed the face of Samoa and takes a look at the potential problems that come with the new wave of Chinese arriving in Samoa today.

Duration: 27 minutes
Director: Coconet TV
Year: 2018

Chindia: Short Films from the Diaspora ($10)
(All proceeds from this screenings will be given to the filmmakers)
Monday, 19 February 2018
6.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: UTS Library Haymarket, Level 2, Ultimo Rd & Quay St
Note: This event is FREE for UTS staff and students, please present your staff or student ID at the entrance.

FOR UTS STAFF & STUDENTS
If you are a current UTS staff or student, entry is FREE. For enquiries on the Short Film event, please email Priya Burgess, Equity & Diversity Project Officer at UTS on Priya.Burgess@uts.edu.au or phone (02) 9514 1093.

As seating is limited, pre-booking is essential for 'Chindia: Stories from the Artists' and 'Chindia: Short Films from the Diaspora' as payment will not be accepted at the door.

ACCESS
If you have any access requirements for any of the events, please email kevin@carnivalofthebold.com.
If, for any reason, the cost is prohibitive for you, please drop us a line, and we can arrange for complimentary tickets for you.

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China and India are two of the most populous countries in the world. With histories which date back thousands of years, the Chinese and Indian peoples have a long history of overseas migration, maintenance of cultural identity, and socio-cultural exchange with local cultures. Today, both countries have a large diaspora population around the world including in Australia.

‘Chindia’ unpacks the multiplicity of migrant identities in Australia looking at the perspectives of those with Chinese and Indian heritage as a starting point. Both these nations have a particular history of cultural intermingling as well as conflicts that has shaped these migration experiences. In advocating the principles of peaceful co-existence, what can we learn from these cross-cultural connections and the implications for past, present and future engagement with First Nations and other South and East Asian peoples?

The inclusion of diverse artists is not just an acknowledgement of and visibility for those communities, but an opportunity for them to meet and engage further with each other and others.

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which this exhibition has been curated and produced. As more migrant communities settle in Australia, we want to ensure that we pay our respect to Elders, past and present and remain committed to honouring Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander people.

Chindia Exhibition (Free)
15 - 26 February 2018

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 10am-6pm / Saturday: 11am-5pm / Sunday: Closed
Venue: Gaffa Gallery, Gallery 1, 281 Clarence St Sydney

Chindia: Stories from the Artists ($15)
Saturday, 17 February 2018

2.00pm - 4.00pm
Venue: 107, 107 Redfern St, Redfern

'Chindia: Stories from the Artists’ feature six artists, Anindita Banerjee, Anurendra Jegadeva, Guo Jian, Lilian Lai, Lucy Wang (Ru Xi) and TextaQueen sharing their family stories, inspirations and motivations.

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