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Masters of Asian Cinema: 'Drug War'

Posted on: Friday, December 1, 2017 - 2:44pm

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'Drug War' at the Pickford Film Center Dec. 5th

The next Masters of Asian Cinema film is Johnnie To’s 2012 feature Drug War, which screens Tuesday, December 5th at 6:30pm at the Pickford Film Center, (1318 Bay Street). 

According to series curator and Western Washington University librarian Jeff Purdue, Johnnie To has built one of the most prolific and varied film careers in contemporary cinema.  He has reinvigorated traditional popular genres -- policiers, romantic comedies, and even martial arts films -- with astonishing inventiveness, specializing in twisty narratives that innovate while maintaining clarity and reveal surprising depths.

Drug War follows mainland detective Zhang as he tries to crack a gang of Hong Kong drug smugglers. The result is a breathless account of an investigation that ratchets up the tension beyond what seems possible.

Co-sponsored by Western Libraries and the Pickford Film Center, the Masters of Asian Cinema series continues the rich tradition that began with the Masters of Japanese Cinema series, one of the Pickford's longest running and most popular series.

Each film in the Masters of Asian Cinema series begins with an introduction from select speakers including local professors, artists, and educators. Purdue will introduce Drug War, and looks forward to talking about one of his favorite contemporary directors.

To learn more about upcoming films featured in this series, contact Jeff.Purdue@wwu.edu.


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Children's & YA Book Sale

Posted on: Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 9:29am

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Children's & Young Adult Literature Book Sale

Western Washington University will host a Children’s and Young Adult Book Sale from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 on the 4th floor of Wilson Library.

Over a thousand new children’s and young-adult books will be available for purchase, including hardbacks for $5 and paperbacks for $2. Teachers, community members, WWU students, faculty, staff, and readers of all ages are invited to discover and enjoy award-winning titles.

Proceeds from the books sold will support student scholarships to Western’s 15th Annual Children’s Literature Conference, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2018. 

For more information about this year's conference and registration, please visit wwuclc.com.


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Digital Media Center Open House

Posted on: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 10:54am

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Digital Media Center Open House Nov. 16th: Visit WWU's TV Studio!

Western Washington University now has a fully functional TV Studio on campus! You are invited to the fall 2017 Open House to tour the facilities and meet the staff. Join us on Thursday November 16 from noon to 2 p.m. in Haggard Hall 246.

Come and watch the wonders of virtual reality broadcasting live, and learn more about what the studio can do for you. 

There will be free food, hands-on activities, and lots of fun! 

The Digital Media Center is located on the second floor of Haggard Hall. To get there walk down the hall past the Circulation Services desk towards the Library Administration Office, and then turn right. 


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Deborah Lipstadt to Speak at WWU Nov. 15

Posted on: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 10:33am

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Deborah Lipstadt to Speak at WWU Nov. 15 for 'History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving'

Western Washington University’s Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity and the Western Foundation will host Deborah Lipstadt, the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, from 7:30-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15 on the main stage of  the WWU Performing Arts Center.

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for entrance; they will be available from the Western Box Office in the Performing Arts Center, or they can be reserved online at tickets.wwu.edu.

Lipstadt will present “History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving,” in which she will recount the story of her libel trial in London against right-wing extremist David Irving. In her 1993 book “Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory,” Lipstadt had called Irving a Holocaust denier, and by the end of the trial, which lasted over five years, the judge found on Lipstadt’s behalf and labelled him not only a denier but a racist, a falsifier of history, and an antisemite. His later appeal of the verdict was rejected. The trial was described by the Daily Telegraph (London) as “having done for the new century what the Nuremberg tribunals or the Eichmann trial did for earlier generations.”

Lipstadt’s 2005 book on the trial, “History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving,” was made into a movie, “Denial,” in 2016 starring Rachel Weisz as Lipstadt. Lipstadt is  also the author of “Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust, 1933-1945” (1986) and “The Eichmann Trial” (2011).

For more information on Lipstadt’s lecture, contact Western Washington University’s Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity at (360) 650-7427 or wolpow.institute@wwu.edu.


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'Sweet Bean' @Pickford Film Center

Posted on: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 2:40pm

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Masters of Asian Cinema Begins 11/7 with 'Sweet Bean'

This year’s Masters of Asian Cinema series begins with Kawase Naomi’s 2015 Sweet Bean, which will screen at 6:30pm on Tuesday, November 7th at the Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay Street.) The film will be introduced by Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies at Western Washington University Colleen Laird, whose research focuses on Japanese women directors. Laird’s description of this film is below:

"Despite concerns about her age and physical condition, hard luck Sentaro hires frail Tokue to make the sweet bean paste for the dorayaki confections he sells in his small shop. The two form an unlikely bond through the common link of traumatic pasts. Thanks to Tokue, Sentaro’s business thrives, but the friendship falls apart when both pasts are brought to light by meddlesome and vindictive parties with a stake in limiting Sentaro’s success.”

Co-sponsored by Western Libraries and the Pickford Film Center, the Masters of Asian Cinema series continues the rich tradition that began with the Masters of Japanese Cinema series, one of the Pickford's longest running and most popular series. Each film in the Masters of Asian Cinema series begins with an introduction from select speakers including local professors, artists, and educators.

This year’s film line-up includes two of the greatest films by Satyajit Ray, both starring Madhabi Mukherjee: Charulata and The Big City.  The 2012 China co-production Drug War  made by the contemporary Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To, is also on this season’s schedule. Maborosi, the first feature by Kore-eda Hirokazu, will be here in March in a newly restored print. 

Later in the spring, the PFC will screen Taiwanese filmmaker Chen Kuo-fu’s 2001 The Personals.  And finally, three features by Taiwanese director Edward Yang will also be shown: his last feature, Yi Yi, his second feature Taipei Story (written by and starring director Hou Hsiao-hsien), and, in a special presentation, his remarkable 4-hour film A Brighter Summer Day, (which will screen on a Saturday morning because of its runtime.) 


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