Alright, in the truest of “better late than never” fashions, here’s a bit of an urgent announcement that my friend Tan Siok Siok’s film Boomtown Beijing is showing tonight at the Suzhou Bookworm.
I did a bit of an interview with Siok Siok a few weeks back over at Lost Laowai, and it’s a good read to get a sense of the film and what went into making it. Being that played a bit of matchmaker with Siok Siok and the Suzhou Bookworm, I’ve known this was coming for a while and meant to write about it sooner – but the day completely snuck up on me.
Anyway, if you’re in town – don’t miss this excellent opportunity to catch an interesting independent film that captures a unique and untold side of the Olympic frenzy that has engulfed China.
7:30pm – Number 77 Gunxiu lane, corner of Shiquan Street and Ping Qiao Zhijie. 30 RMB gets you in and a glass of wine/soft drink.
NOTE: Proceeds from the showing go to benefit the Library Project Earthquake Relief Program – a charity run by another friend of mine (man do I feel well connected – China has a way about that).
The Film: Boomtown Beijing is a film about the city of Beijing, its people and their dreams the summer before the Olympics. The 2008 Olympics Games is Chinaâ€™s debutante ball on the world stage. â€œ Faster. Higher. Strongerâ€ â€” the preparation for the Games has turned Beijing into a hot spot of frenzied growth. A 11 year old boy wants to beat the odds to become an Olympics torch-bearer. A road sweeper dreams of staging his own mass Olympics countdown performance. An aging blind athlete makes one last stab at a Paralympics medal before he retires from sports. Together, their stories and scenes of everyday life in the city give a snapshot of Beijing the summer before the Olympics.
The Director: Boomtown Beijing is directed by Tan Siok Siok, an award-winning executive producer of international documentaries, focusing on the Greater China region. Her executive producer credits include award winning shows for Discovery Channel and Discovery Travel and Living. â€œBoomtown Beijingâ€ is her first independent film. She directed the film with the assistance of her students while she was a visiting lecturer at the Beijing Film Academy.