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Return of the master: Screen/Society organizes seven-film Wong Kar Wai retrospective

(02/01/21 5:00am)

One of the most internationally acclaimed auteurs of contemporary cinema, Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar Wai returns to the public sphere with a 4k restoration series in collaboration with Janus Films. Both innovative and retrospective, the “World of Wong Kar Wai” series features seven of the writer-director-producer’s best works: “As Tears Go By,” “Chungking Express,” “Days of Being Wild,” “Fallen Angels,” “The Hand,” “Happy Together” and, last but certainly not least, “In the Mood for Love.” As a die-hard fan of Wong, I could only pinch my thigh to stop myself from jumping through the roof when I found out that Screen/Society, along with Duke’s Asian/Pacific Studies Institute (APSI), managed to bring the entire restoration package to its online screening platform, free of charge to the Duke and Durham community until Feb. 7.

Pursuit of happiness

(11/02/20 5:19pm)

My sophomore year, I had an existential crisis. Instead of going to CAPS, I chose to pester my poor friends with the soul-searching, philosophically cliché but perpetual question of humanity: “What is the purpose of your life?” Turned out they happened to be my friends for a reason, as almost all of them seriously considered this daunting question and gave me their most solemn answers.

Summer Session II provides expanded selection of online arts courses

(05/29/20 10:52pm)

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many students are scrambling to find new summer plans after their original arrangements, including internships, travel, research, DukeEnage and study-abroad program, were canceled. To help students in this struggle, Duke has expanded its normal catalogue of summer classes. By partaking in summer classes,  students can catch up or get ahead in their academic pursuits while waiting for the pandemic to end so that they can resume other activities.

Nasher Museum announces new director Trevor Schoonmaker

(04/22/20 2:34am)

The Nasher Museum will soon welcome its new director Trevor Schoonmaker, the current deputy director of curatorial affairs and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art. At 49 years old, Schoonmaker will take over leadership from Sarah Schroth on May 8, the same day that Schroth will retire after 25 years of service at Duke.

Full Frame 2019: 'Scenes from a Dry City' examines class through water shortage

(04/11/19 4:30am)

Drone shots. Even with dried-out lakes and stagnant rivers that weakly glisten in the greedy sun, South Africa’s landscape is still beautiful with its rocky mountains and plateaus with swirling patterns. On such a land that could be considered one of nature’s greatest gifts, it’s hard to imagine that its people lived in a constant fear of Day Zero – the day when all the municipal taps cannot be turned on.

Turning 20: Growing pains (and gains)

(02/27/19 5:00am)

I used to be that obnoxious girl who always “unintentionally” reminded her friends that her birthday is in a month. I would discreetly insert a reminder into every unrelated conversation — or maybe not so discreetly. When I confessed to a friend that I finally realized this fault of mine, she looked at me and nodded in the same way my mom did when I finally gathered enough courage to tell her about breaking her favorite vase.

Sundance 2019: 'One Child Nation' explores the implications of China's one-child policy

(02/18/19 5:00am)

By combining the personal with the political, Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang's "One Child Nation" delves into the generational effects of China's one-child policy. The documentary won the top honor of Grand Jury Prize in the U.S. Documentary category at Sundance Film Festival. 

Sundance 2019: A conversation with 'Moonlight Sonata' director Irene Taylor Brodsky

(02/07/19 5:10am)

After filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky’s 2007 documentary “Hear and Now" won the Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival, she once again turned the camera to her closest family to explore what it means to be deaf. “Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements” explores Brodsky's eldest son Jonas' adaptation to the world of sound after a cochlear implant surgery. Jonas had previously inherited the genetic mutation that caused his grandparents' deafness, a topic explored in "Hear and Now," where his grandparents receive cochlear implants at the age of 65. Jonas becomes interested in learning Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, a beautiful and heart-wrenching piece written by the famous musician when he was going deaf. 

Sundance 2019: 'Honey Boy' showcases Shia LaBeouf's vulnerability

(01/30/19 5:45am)

I only realized that “Honey Boy” is an autobiographical story of Shia LaBeouf’s own troubled childhood and chaotic famed life after I walked out of the theater. It is a habit of mine to refrain from reading reviews before seeing a film. LaBeouf wrote the screenplay for “Honey Boy” while in rehab and played the character that is based on his own abusive father. When I learned the backstory I was deeply struck by his sheer vulnerability and sincerity.

On water, family and friends

(09/12/18 4:00am)

 I’ve always been excited when it comes to my turn to write a staff note, for I see it as an opportunity to force myself to sort my thoughts and reflect on how I’ve grown over the semester. This cathartic space was especially helpful my freshman year, when I spent most of my time studying in the library, yelling at basketball games and learning about myself. I broke myself down into pieces, examined each one and reconstructed a self that I hoped would be more open, more confident and more compassionate. Words were easy to bring to my staff notes then, but this semester, they seem to be choked down by smokes of thoughts that are much more volatile and unruly. Thus, I only have some scattered notes that hopefully I can piece together into a coherent story in the end.

Experiencing the Last Day of Classes for the first time

(06/05/18 4:05am)

Two weeks before LDOC, I was just finishing up at my college adviser's office, glad that I got to reflect on what exactly happened in my first year at college before its tail slipped away from my grip and relieved that I had finally figured out (kind of) what to do in the next year of my life, when Ms. Guinn suddenly added, on top of wishing me good luck with finals, “And you’re about to have your first LDOC, right?”