The College to Host Waking the Green Tiger Filmmakers

The programming is part of the College’s Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment

During the week of November 16-20, 2015, Whittier College’s Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE) program will host award-winning and internationally recognized documentary film makers Gary Marcuse and Shi Lihong, as well as Beijing editor of ChinaDialogue Liu Jianqiang. There will be three screenings of their work, one at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood, and two on Whittier College campus. A fourth event will consist of a panel discussion on environment and law in China. All four events are free and open to the public.

Waking the Green Tiger FilmHollywood Screening and Reception:

Waking the Green Tiger (78 minutes), followed by discussion with the filmmakers
Friday, November 20, 2015
7-10 p.m.
Linwood Dunn Theater, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)
Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study, 1313 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028

An RSVP is required for this screening at the Linwood Dunn Theater. Please RSVP online or call Denise Wong Velasco at 562.907.5140 for parking and more information about the event.

Doors open at 6 p.m.

Seen through the eyes of activists, farmers, and journalists Waking the Green Tiger follows an extraordinary, unprecedented and successful campaign to stop a huge dam project on the Upper Yangtze river in the high mountains of southwestern China. Featuring astonishing archival footage never seen outside China, and interviews with a government insider and witnesses, the documentary also tells the story of Chairman Mao’s determination to conquer nature in the name of progress. Millions of people were mobilized in campaigns that reshaped China’s landscape, destroyed lakes, marshes, forests and grasslands, unleashed dust storms, and stifled science. For fifty years the idea was instilled in succeeding generations that nature must serve the people. Critics of this approach were silenced for years.

For the trailer and links for press kit for Waking the Green Tiger, please visit Face to Face Media.
For advance interviews, please contact: Director, Face-to-Face Media, Gary Marcuse 604-251-0770

An RSVP is required for this screening at the Linwood Dunn Theater. Please RSVP online or call Denise Wong Velasco at 562.907.5140 for parking and more information about the event.

Waking the Green Tiger has won numerous awards and recognition, including the Grantham Prize 2012 Special Award of Merit for Environmental Journalism; Ifeng / Phoenix Television Green China Documentary  Film Award 2013; Shortlisted for the 2012 International Green Film Award, Cinema for Peace, Berlin; Colorado Environmental Film Festival, Best of Festival 2013; Vancouver International Film Festival Audience Recognition: Top Ten Canadian Films

Whittier College Campus Screenings:

Waking the Green Tiger (78 minutes), followed by discussion with the filmmakers
Monday, November 16, 2015
7 – 9 p.m.
Whittier College, Hoover Hall 100, 13406 E. Philadelphia St., Whittier, CA 90608

See description above.

Searching for Sacred Mountain FilmSearching for Sacred Mountain (20 min), followed by discussion with the filmmakers
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
​7 - 8 p.m.

Villalobos Hall, Whittier College, 13406 E. Philadelphia St., Whittier, CA 90608

The documentary tells the story of Liu Jianqiang, an investigative environmental journalist and Beijing editor of ChinaDialogue who has recently converted to Buddhism. The documentary includes footage of senior Chinese government officials declaring their commitment to an "ecological civilization" that draws on Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, and other Chinese cultural traditions as a means of addressing the country's growing environmental challenges. It also shows that leading Chinese academics are making the connection between such traditions and the protection of vulnerable lands and habitats.

For further information, and viewing online, please visit:

Searching for Sacred Mountain online on the Pulitzer Center website   (or use search terms: Searching for Sacred Mountain Pulitzer.) For press information for Searching for Sacred Mountain  visit their press kit.
For advance interviews, please contact: Director, Face-to-Face Media, Gary Marcuse 604-251-0770

 

Whittier Law School Event:

Environment and Law in China
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Whittier Law School, Room 1
5 - 7 p.m.

Gary Marcuse, Shi Lihong, Liu Jianqiang, and Whittier Law School Faculty Kristen Martin and Stewart Chang will speak and lead discussion on the environment and law in China.

For inquiries about the Whittier Law School event, please contact:

Jennifer Mertus, Director, China Summer Abroad Program

jmertus@law.whittier.edu

714-444-4141, ext. 243.

For inquiries about the film screening events, please contact:

Jason A. Carbine, C. Milo Connick Chair of Religious Studies
Director, Whittier LIASE Program

jcarbine@whittier.edu
562.907.4200 x4339

Denise Wong Velasco, Administrative Coordinator, Whittier LIASE Program

dwong2@whittier.edu
562.907.4200 x5140

These events are generously supported by the Henry Luce Foundation’s Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment, and by Whittier College including its program in East Asian History, Office of International Programs, and program in Organizational Leadership.

About Whittier College’s LIASE Program

During this four-year project, we seek to strengthen awareness and understanding of Asia and its environment through curricular and other pathways for student, faculty, and community learning. Specifically, the project encompasses interdisciplinary perspectives on the environment and sustainable development in various places in China, Hong Kong, and Myanmar.  Key programmatic offerings include courses in history, religious studies, environmental sciences and studies, business, law, social sciences, literature and the arts. To further raise awareness on such topics beyond the college community, we will also collaborate with regional and overseas institutions to increase networking opportunities. Through this project, students and faculty will be able to work together to deepen understanding of Asia and the environment. This program is generously funded by the Henry Luce Foundation’s Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE).