Chinese Films to Play at Great Star Theater

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San Francisco, CA  – The Global Film Initiative, in partnership with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), is pleased to announce the presentation of four award-winning Chinese films from the Global Lens Collection on Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st at the historic Great Star Theater, located in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood.

Opening the event will be the San Francisco premiere of BEIJING FLICKERS by director Zhang Yuan (preceded by a reception in the gallery of the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco), followed by presentation of three films on Saturday, including director Peng Tao’s third feature, THE CREMATOR.  At the conclusion of the two-day event, the Initiative will donate a selection of its Chinese films to the permanent lending collection of the Chinatown branch of the San Francisco Public Library.


Friday, November 30, 2012

Beijing Flickers/You-Zhong
Dir.  Zhang Yuan, 2012
Mandarin with English Subtitles
7:30 p.m.
**Private Screening

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Getting Home/Luo Ye Gui Gen
Dir. Zhang Yang, 2007
Mandarin with English Subtitles
2:00 p.m.

Stolen Life/Shen Si Jie
Dir. Li Shaohong, 2005
Mandarin with English Subtitles
5:00 p.m.

Cremator/Aka Fen Shi Ren
Dir. Peng Tao, 2012
Mandarin with English Subtitles
8:00 p.m.

Tickets for all public screenings on Saturday, December 1st, can be purchased by visiting the CAAM website: Tickets are also available for purchase on Saturday, December 1st at the Great Star Theater 20 minutes prior to the start of the films. Cash and check only please. For more information email

Global Lens @ Great Star Chinatown is an event of Arthouse Revival, a project by the Global Film Initiative created to support the revival of independent arthouse cinema nationwide through presentations of the critically-acclaimed Global Lens film series at iconic theaters such as the Great Star–a 500-seat landmark theater and opera-house credited with introducing Hong Kong cinema to the U.S. in the mid-1960s.  The Center for Asian American Media, in its ongoing mission to support creative community, and innovative Asian and Asian American film and media, is the Initiative’s presenting partner for this event.

The Global Film Initiative was founded in 2002 to create global understanding, empathy and connectivity through film. Since its establishment, the Initiative has supported hundreds of filmmakers with grants and networking opportunities, and has presented its signature film series, Global Lens, in the U.S. and select international locations via a diverse network of artistic, educational, cultural and diplomatic partners.

For more information about the Global Lens film series and Global Film Initiative programs, please visit: — Change the Way You See the World.

The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. They do this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media. Learn more at


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