PinchukArtCentre and Docudays UA present “Education, Education”

25 September 2013

On Sunday, September 29, at 18:00, the PinchukArtCentre and international documentary film festival Docudays UA invite to watch a documentary about education in today’s China: Education, Education. Screening of the film will take place in the video lounge, 6th floor of the PinchukArtCentre.


In ancient times in China, education was the only way out of poverty – in recent times it has been the best way. Documentary Education, Education (2012) by Weijun Chen demonstrates how China’s economic boom and talk of the merits of hard work have created an expectation that to study is to escape poverty. But these days China’s higher education system only leads to jobs for a few, educating a new generation to unemployment and despair. How do you choose a college when you’re the first person in your family who can read? Or pay for it when 4 years of schooling costs sixty years of income? What is it like to join the “ant-tribe”, the 2 million newly graduated Chinese who, every year, can’t find work? And what if the only job you could find involved selling education to other students, even if you knew it was worthless?  


The screening will take place in the framework of the DOCU/CHINA program that presents the best new documentaries dedicated to the socio-political and cultural situation in today’s China. The project is implemented as part of the PinchukArtCentre’s "China China" exhibition - a major group exhibition including eleven Chinese artists of different generations, focusing on the tension between individuality and collective thinking.


Documentary Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry is the last film to be demonstrated under the DOCU/CHINA program on October 5 at 18:00.


Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry (2012) is the first feature-length film about the internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. The film examines the complex intersection of artistic practice and social activism as seen through the life and art of China’s preeminent contemporary artist. Also, this documentary created by film director and journalist Alison Klayman provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China.


Due to a limited number of seats we kindly ask to register beforehand by calling
+38 044 590-08-58.
Registered participants will have priority entry to the art center.


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