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New Meetup: DocuAsia Forum: Embracing the Spirits as China Transforms

From: Cinevolution Media Arts S.
Sent on: Sunday, May 16, 2010 12:25 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for New Asia Film Festival Group!

What: DocuAsia Forum: Embracing the Spirits as China Transforms

When: Wednesday, May 19,[masked]:00 PM

Richmond Cultural Centre
7700 Minoru Gate
Richmond, BC V6Y 1R9

Film Screening China?s Leap of Faith and Public Discussion

Free to the public.

Wed May 19 7pm ? 9pm The Bamboo Cross
@ Richmond Cultural Centre

Friday May 21 7pm-9pm The Gods Come Home
@ Room 1800, Harbour Centre (Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre Campus)

In conjunction with the David Lam Centre at SFU, we are pleased to hold the second DocuAsia Forum. This year?s forum will screen an important Canadian documentary China?s Leap of Faith produced by Christopher Sumphton and Robin Benger of Cogent / Benger Productions Inc.

After each film, there will be discussion including academics and Chinese religious practitioners who will also consider the relevance of this spiritual revival for British Columbia?s religious landscape given the dramatic rise in recent years of immigration from the People?s Republic of China.

About China?s Leap of Faith

Whether it's the repression of Tibetan Buddhists, the persecution of Christian evangelists, or the suppression of local folk beliefs, religion tops the list of tough-to-discuss topics in China. Even though the Chinese government is still accused of suppressing many faiths, officials are cautiously relaxing their grip. Across the country, massive networks of household churches, village temples and regional folk beliefs are powering what has become the most astonishing religious revival in modern history.

China?s Leap of Faith is a two-part documentary. In it first part, The Bamboo Cross, the film examines the rise of Christianity in Post Mao China, which is considered as millions of Chinese embrace the Christian message of salvation through faith in Christ. The second part, The Gods Come Home, sheds light on the vigorous renewal of Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism and the rich diversity of local popular religion. In a country where a Marxist, atheistic, perspective shapes official policy on religion it is becoming obvious that, even amid greater material comforts in the big cities, religion is rapidly regaining an important place in the lives of many Chinese.

Christopher Sumphton, producer & director of the film will be attending the forum.

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