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DOCommunity film screening: I M Pei & New Beijing

DOCommunity film screening: I M Pei & New Beijing

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  • Sun 1 Mar ’15, 1:00pm – 6:00pm


Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland CBD


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission


Documentary Edge

As part of the Documentary New Zealand Trust, DOCommunity offers regular (free!) documentary screenings in Auckland throughout the year. In celebration of the Chinese New Year, we will be screening the following documentaries on the 1st of March: I M Pei: Building China Modern & New Beijing. Seating is based on a first come, first served basis.

1PM - I M Pei: Building China Modern
China/USA 2010 / 59min. / English, Chinese with English subtitles
Director: Anne Makepeace


This isn't your run-of-the-mill biopic. Instead, the film follows world-renowned architect Pei as he travels to his ancestral home in China after seven decades of living in the West and tries to introduce modernist ideas while preserving the country's heritage. For an architect in his twilight years, it's a challenge that leads to self reflection and personal discoveries - and inevitably, he enters a crucible of conflict.

'It is my biggest challenge,' says the 93 year-old architect who is best known for redesigning the Louvre in Paris. 'It is probably also my last challenge.'

5PM - New Beijing
Australia, China / 2009 / 53min.
Director/Producer: Georgia Wallace-Crabbe


As China emerges as the economic powerhouse of the 21st century, Bejing is undergoing the biggest and fastest redevelopment since Haussmann redesigned Paris in the 19th century. The end of the Olympics has also signalled hundreds of new projects.

Not everyone is happy. Local resident Zhang Jinqi launches an inspirational project to photograph Qianmen and other Beijing districts facing demolition, gathering local residents to document their neighborhoods. This project grows to encompass six Chinese cities and in January 2009, Zhang and colleagues open the exhibition "Memory of China", showing the vanishing cultural heritage of Chinese cities.

Will the efforts of emerging Chinese NGO's like Zhang's or the global financial crisis slow the pace of change? Sadly, with 400 cities of the size of Beijing to be built by 2020, China may have little time to reflect.

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