7:00 – 9:30 PM The OAK PARK Theatre | Thursday, July 9
Minot, North Dakota | Free and Open To the Public
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As part of the North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival, a special theatrical screening of 7 experimental and animated films will take place for one evening at the historic Oak Park Theater in Minot, North Dakota. The film series highlights the talents of avant-garde artist artists using innovative techniques in storytelling to highlight important human rights issues.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Films begin at 7. Safety procedures recommended by the North Dakota Department of Health’s ND Smart Restart are in effect. Masks will be made available for free for all attendees.
19 films are continually on display as part of the traveling exhibition in museums and art galleries. Click here to learn more.
Year: 2019 | 10 min
Genre: Experimental Film
Directed by: Walter Mzengi
Country of Origin: Tanzania
The Scar Runs Through the Pupil
Year: 2019 | 7 min
Directed by: Amanda May
Country of Origin: Canada
Year: 2019 | 10 min
Directed by: Oscar De Leon
Country of Origin: United States
Once Upon a Territory
Year: 2019 | 23 min
Directed by: Fiona Morrison
Country of Origin: Andorra
Year: 2019 | 5 min
Directed by: Asavari Kumar
Country of Origin: India
Umbrella Dance for Hong Kong
Year: 2019 | 15 min
Directed by: WONG King Fai
Choreography by: MUI Chuek Yin
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Mui Cheuk-yin is an internationally renowned solo artist and dance ambassador for Hong Kong. Her choreography has a distinctive aesthetic voice and, while contemporary, often incorporates Chinese elements. Her unwavering commitment and passion to strive for the best in dance has earned her numerous honours from the Hong Kong community, including four Hong Kong Dance Awards (2000, 2001, 2009, 2013) and the Distinguished Achievement Award (2012) presented by the Hong Kong Dance Alliance for her dedication and long-standing commitment to developing dance in Hong Kong.
She has been invited to many international arts festivals including Hong Kong Arts Festival (1994, 2001), Belgium International Arts Festival (1994), Lisbon Culturgest (1995), Re:Orient Dance Festival in London (1995), Hong Kong Festival at the Berlin Tacheles (1996), la Biennale du danse de Val-de-Marne (1997), Ein Fest in Wuppertal 25th & 35th (1998, 2008), Venice Biennial Dance Festival (1999), Dancing-World Festival in Copenhagen (2000), the Lyon Biennale de la Danse (2000), Beijing Modern Dance Festival 2001, Dance Biennale Tokyo (2002) and the Images of Asia Festival in Copenhagen (2003). In 2000, Mui was invited by Pina Bausch & Folkwang Tanzstudio to choreograph Whispering Colour and to perform as a guest dancer in The Rite of Spring with Tanztheatre Wuppertal.
The structure of the film is consist of three parts. First part is concerning China took over Hong Kong from Britain in 1997. Mui discovered the umbrella, which was the symbol of HongKonger’s identity. The harmony atmosphere has changed to a stressful environment immediately. In the second part, we could see Mui dancing with umbrella surrounded by police. And she was defeated by the unequal force. In the third part, Mui waked up to fight for freedom with her umbrella. Even though the Police force is full-gear and well equipped, Mui was not afraid. She represented the Hong Kong protesters against the evil force. She was not sure whether the success would be come. But she never give up. She is brave. And the story of fighting for freedom is going on…
The visual experiment is creating a space in between real and unreal, but also in between documentary and dance film. The idea of art form is inspired by Ukiyo-e from Japan. Layers covered Layers. The bottom showing the documentary of real world was a 2D projection. We set up some real objects in between the dancer and the projection screen. In this film, we could have a new visual experience. I would like to think about the relationship between history background and the body of single person. In fact, even the dancer was dancing in a safe studio and her dance form was coming from 1995. But the background was the real and up-to-date Hong Kong Water Revolution in 2019. So, the dancer’s body language, emotion and spirit is to reflect to the up-to-date movement. In the meantime, she did not get rid of traces of history. All the documentary materials were shot by my team. In other words, my film was thinking how to combine the documentary and dance film, as well as how to connect the city’s memories and the feeling in the moment nowadays. How to do conversation with the society in the form of the dance film?
Another symbol in the film is the snow. Hong Kong is a city with no snowing. But Snowing in June is a metaphor coming from a traditional Chinese tales. Actually, June is not winter. Snowing in June is impossible. When there was an injustice case among the common people who were bullied by the government or power class, the great grievance from the common people would cause snowing in June. The water revolution in Hong Kong started from June 2019. The image of snowing in Hong Kong has an evitable symbolic meaning in the dance.
Through the film, I want to develop the modern artistic form of Hong Kong in the times, to show the beauty, courage, and spirit of Hong Kong.
Wardi (The Tower)
Year: 2018 | 70 min
Genre: Animated Feature
Directed by: Mats Grorud
Country of Origin: France