Tonight is the first public screening in Shanghai for Boomtown Beijing, a documentary by Singaporean filmmaker Tan Siok Siok which debuted in April at the 21st Singapore International Film Festival. The production is a very commendable effort by Tan and her students at the Beijing Film Academy which she got to know as a visiting lecturer there. In the film, she follows the Olympic dreams of three ordinary Beijingers. A 11 year old boy wants to become an Olympics torch-bearer even though the regulations say he is too young, an old road sweeper dreams of staging his own mass Olympics countdown performance, and a blind athlete makes one last stab at a Paralympics medal before he retires from sports altogether. Do they get their dreams fulfilled? Find out tonight at Arch, and if you miss tonight’s screening, there’s another screening this Saturday again at Arch.
Where: Arch, 439 Wukang Lu by Huaihai Zhong Lu (武康路439弄)
When: Tonight, 8-10pm; Saturday June 7, 8-10pm
How much: RMB100 per person (with free flow of wine). ALL proceeds go towards The Library Project, a Xi’an based charity that builds libraries for school children in rural areas. The money will go towards TLP’s Sichuan Earthquake Relief project, and will help them donate mobile libraries to temporary schools, offer educational assistance to displaced children and subsequently move libraries to permanent premises once the schools have been rebuilt.
For more information, contact Florence Xu at 15891701626.