Secondary school events

Myth, Culture and Modernity in Chinese Cinema - a KS3 Mandarin Study Day

Delivered in partnership with the UCL Institute of Education Confucius Institute

Wed 29 Jan 2020 10:30 – 15:30
BFI Southbank

Please Vote For Me

This event is intended for teachers and students only.

This study day for KS3 Chinese Mandarin is designed to help pupils gain understanding of both China’s history and contemporary culture through an exploration of the nation’s cinema. Drawing on various historical and cultural contexts, analysis of Chinese cinema can help to separate myth from history and can help to develop awareness of China as a nation today, by showing its embrace of modernity. Pupils will be provided the opportunity to investigate these themes in depth using textual analysis of key scenes in selected Chinese films, such as Not One Less (2000) directed by Zhang Yimou and Please Vote For Me (Weijun Chen 2007). They will also watch a full length screening of a modern Chinese film. This study day is designed to develop a cultural awareness that will enhance language learning and understanding of Chinese traditions as well as China today.

Led by Dr. Carol-Mei Barker, Developer, Learning Programmes, BFI and Xiaoming Zhu, National Network Coordinator at The Confucius Institute, UCL Institute of Education

Year 8-9 and Gifted and Talented Mandarin

£10 per student; £1 per adult accompanying every 5 students; for any additional adult the student rate applies. £40 for teachers attending without students. We offer further subsidy for schools who face significant financial barriers. Contact us on 020 7815 1329 to find out more.

How to book

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Schools Coordinator,
BFI Education,
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