Join us for a showing of the film My Beijing Birthday. The film is a 52-minute documentary that takes a heartfelt and humorous look at the rapidly changing lives of a group of young Beijingers through the eyes of an American, Howie Snyder. We are delighted that Howie along with some of those same Beijingers (13 years on) and their teacher will also be joining us on the night.
DATE: Friday, May 29th
TIME: Bar open from 7pm. Film starts 7.30pm. Food also available
VENUE: Paddy O’Shea’s upstairs function room. Address and map at http://www.thebeijinger.com/directory/Paddy-OSheas
ENTRANCE: FCCC members free, non-members 50 rmb on the door
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can set up accordingly
DVDs: for sale on the door for 100 rmb each
PROCEEDS: all monies taken on the door, from DVD sales and any voluntary donations will go to the school
SYNOPSIS OF FILM
The story shows us the group as 8 year olds in 1996 studying Chinese stand-up comedy with Howie and their teacher Mrs Ma. We visit the group again in 2008 as they reflect on their lives and their new dreams for the future.
This generation of children, known as China’s new little emperors, is the first in the world to grow up without brothers and sisters. They have grown up amid the most rapid economic growth the world has ever seen.
In My Beijing Birthday, Howie breaks through language and cultural barriers to show us how these children – and Beijingers in general – are a lot like his native New Yorkers: rough on the outside, but tender on the inside.
ABOUT THE FILM-MAKER
One of the first Westerners to study in Beijing in 1981, Howie has spent the last 25 years in China and Japan and several other Asian countries. Howie has worked for Citibank in Tokyo, Kroll Associates in Tokyo and Hong Kong, Morgan Stanley in China, The Coca-Cola Company during the 2008 Beijing Olympic sponsorship, and Nippon Television’s Washington Bureau.
Howie studied directing at the Beijing Film Academy, and produced, wrote and directed My Beijing Birthday, which has been aired on Beijing Television and China Central Television.