Silk Screen has partnered with Sewickley Academy to present three films that focus on women in Asian cultures. Each film will be followed by a moderated discussion.
1. Bhutto (111 minutes) January 8, at 2 pm / Gregg Theater
A recent Sundance world premiere, Bhutto tells the epic story of one of the most fascinating characters of our time — Benazir Bhutto, the first woman in history to lead a Muslim nation. A favored daughter of the family often called the “Kennedys of Pakistan,” Benazir was elected Prime Minister after her father was overthrown and executed by his own military. Her two terms in power saw extreme acts of courage and controversy as she tried to clean up Pakistan’s corrupt political culture while quelling the fires of radical Islam that threaten to engulf the region. A fascinating array of archival footage and interviews with family members and leading experts brings life to this tale of Shakespearean dimension in the country the Economist calls "the World's most dangerous place."
2. North Korea: A Day in the Life (48 mins) January 20, at 7 pm / Gregg Theater
The family of Hong Sun Hui, a female worker in a textile factory, takes us through an ordinary day in the country of the Beloved Leader Kim Jong Il. This film provides a privileged and captivating view of the process of social organization and indoctrination of North Korean citizens. Daily rituals of family, school and work are imbued with exultations of Kim Jong Il and the People's Army. However, a mysterious and haunting mood pervades these images of teacher-training and factory workers. The filmmaker's careful eye for detail and lingering camera allows the people to reveal their individual humanity despite their best efforts to remain on message. Ironically, the carefully controlled images reveal truth behind the veil of propaganda. A potent video coda plainly and effectively casts the theme of the power of media control into stark reality.
3. In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee January 30, at 2 pm / Gregg Theater
Her passport said she was Cha Jung Hee. She knew she was not. So began a 40-year deception for a Korean adoptee who came to the United States in 1966. Told to keep her true identity secret from her new American family, the 8-year-old girl quickly forgot she had ever been anyone else. But why had her identity been switched? In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee is the search to find the answers, as acclaimed filmmaker Deann Borshay Liemreturns to her native Korea to find her “double,” the mysterious girl whose place she took in America.