Second U.S. screening of banned Chinese film to be at ND

The award-winning film “Blind Shaft,” directed by Chinese filmmaker Li Yang, will be presented for just the second time in the United States at 8 p.m. Nov. 12 (Wednesday) in 101 DeBartolo Hall at the University of Notre Dame. A question-and-answer session with Yang will follow the screening.p. Banned in China and from the India International Film Festival, where it was to be featured, “Blind Shaft” is set against the background of China’s mining industry, which is the world’s largest and most corrupt, and where thousands of workers are killed each year. Yang shot the film in privately owned mines, without the consent of government authorities, and has now captured the attention of human rights organizations worldwide.p. The only previous U.S. presentation of “Blind Shaft” was at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, where it won the prize for the best narrative film. It also won the Silver Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. It will be presented in Los Angeles on Nov. 14, two days after its showing at Notre Dame.p. Yang’s visit and the screening of his film are sponsored by the University’s Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, the Center for Asian Studies, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Kroc Institute for Peace Studies.p. More information is at:p.

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