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19:00 - 21:00 30 October 2012

Festival of Chinese Film and the Body 2012


National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery - Auditorium, Room 33LT (link Map)
Queen Square | London | WC1N 3BG |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge
Ticketing: Open

UCL Centre for Chinese Health and Humanity presents a film screening of Love for life (Zui ai, 2011), followed by Q and A with Director: Gu Changwei.

Northern China, the early 1990s, winter. Due to the illegal trade in blood run by Zhao Qiquan, a village has been badly hit by AIDS. Zhao’s father, former schoolteacher Old Zhuzhu, makes amends to the villagers and vows to look after them in the deserted old school. In mid-winter the members of the group go back to their homes, but are treated as ‘untouchables’ by their fellow villagers.

This is the first film on the AIDS epidemic shot in China. It is based on the novel Dream of Ding Village by Yan Lianke, who joined the scriptwriting team under the pseudonym of Yan Laoshi. Although the script has been modified many times to accommodate the requirements of censorship, the film remains a dramatic account of the life of Chinese people dealing with the ‘new plague’.


Joanna Fryer
020 7679 7125 | j.fryer@ucl.ac.uk


Festival Prograame