Bart Testa on Boat People

Approx. Duration: 2 hour 15 minutes

TIFF Cinematheque - Retrospective

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Bart Testa, film scholar and Senior Lecturer at the University of Toronto's Cinema Studies Institute, gives an introductory talk prior to our screening of Ann Hui's 1982 masterpiece of the Hong Kong New Wave.

Guest Biography

    • Bart Testa
    • Film scholar Bart Testa is senior lecturer at the Cinema Studies Institute, Innis College, University of Toronto. His courses cover a wide range of topics, including Chinese Cinema, European, Asian and European auteurs, narrative theory and cinema, urbanism and film, experimental cinema, science fiction movies and other popular genres. Testa has served on the advisory council of TIFF Cinematheque and has organized several conferences and film festivals with the Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, in an ongoing association. He is the author of two books on experimental films: Back and Forth: Early Cinema and the Avant-Garde (1993) and Spirit in the Landscape (1989). In addition, he served as co-editor of the anthology Pier Paolo Pasolini in Contemporary Perspectives (1994), and has published journal articles and anthologized essays, many of them devoted to Canadian films and experimental cinema.

Bart Testa on Boat People

    • Boat People
    • Ann Hui
    • Ann Hui's brutal, beautiful and impossibly moving political drama about the dire straits of postwar Vietnam was a key work of the Hong Kong New Wave and is frequently named as the best Hong Kong film of all time by both critics and audiences.