The Blue Kite, a political drama, is set in 1950s China, just after Chen Shujuan and her librarian husband, Lin Shaolong, have their first child, Tietou. The story is told from the Tietou’s perspective growing up in the 1950s and 1960s in Beijing.
The film was banned by the Chinese government upon its completion (along with a ten-year ban on filmmaking imposed on the Director, Tian Zhuangzhuang). The Blue Kiteserves as one of the quintessential examples of China’s Fifth Generation filmmaking, and in particular reveals the impact the various political movements, including Anti-Rightist Movement and Cultural Revolution, had upon directors who grew up in the 1950s and 1960s.
The free screening of The Blue Kite will be held on Friday, June 26, from 8:00 until 10:30 pm at City of Asylum. For more information, or to reserve your free seat, visit The Blue Kite event page, email Karen Simpson or call 412-323-0278.
About Alphabet City Silenced Film Series
This event is part of City of Asylum’s Silenced Films Series, which celebrates films banned or censored in their country of origin. All films in the series are co-presented by Silk Screen.