UNAFF - Restoring the Light

UNAFF Film Festival

The 14th UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival) from October 21-30, 2011 Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Stanford University celebrates the power of documentary films dealing with human rights issues, the environment, racism, women’s issues, universal education, war, and peace. The theme for this year is EDUCATION IS A HUMAN RIGHT.



(take this great opportunity ONLY this year in the celebration of this year's theme EDUCATION IS A HUMAN RIGHT)
Opening Night Screenings, Friday, October 21 in Palo Alto
UNAFF & Kids Program in Palo Alto, Sunday, October 23

Restoring the Light
(55 minutes) China

Director/Producer: Carol Liu

Restoring the Light is a documentary about the spirit of resilience and hope of several rural families in China including: a young woman who, despite of a debilitating bone infection, manages to pursue her dream to attend university and become an artist; her grandmother, who has lived in a cave dwelling for over sixty years and who still toils in the field even though she has lost her vision to cataracts; a young boy who wants to become a truck driver and maintains optimism in spite of his blindness; and a doctor who gives up his home in order to run a mobile clinic for the underserved. The film reveals the human stories behind China’s urban-centric economic boom and explores what happens to the millions who are left behind and must struggle for basic survival and inadequate access to healthcare and education. In today’s media, we watch many stories about China’s rise but seldom do we see the struggles of the countryside represented in compassionate detail. This film is more than just a portrait of rural China—it is an exploration of how people maintain hope and resilience while facing tremendous forces of social and economic change.

Carol Liu was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and spent her formative summers in China during her childhood. She graduated from Stanford University, where she was Chappell-Lougee Scholar and majored in English creative writing. She received her MFA in writing and directing from New York University’s graduate film program, where she was awarded the Dalio Family Foundation Scholarship and Tisch Scholarship. Upon completing her MFA coursework, Carol moved to China to concentrate on developing Chinese stories for a world audience. She studied Classical Chinese and Modern Chinese Literature at Tshinghua University’s Inter-university language program in between producing Restoring the Light, her first feature project.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011 | 5:50 pm — 7:00 pm
Stanford Medical School, 291 Campus Dr. (Room Alway M114)

Center for East Asian Studies