Aftershock | Duke Campus: Griffith Theater | Special Events | Indy Week

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When: Tue., Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. 2011

When Aftershock, the first-ever Chinese IMAX movie, was released in 2010, it took just three weeks to become China's highest-grossing domestic movie ever. Adapted from Ling Zhang's novel The Aftershock, the epic film tells the story of a family devastated by the 1976 Tangshan earthquake that killed nearly a quarter-million people. If the harrowing 23-second earthquake sequence doesn't rattle you, the 32 years of dysfunctional family life that follows the matriarch's Sophie's Choice-like dilemma will. Her son and daughter are trapped beneath a concrete slab during the disaster, but she can only save one of them. The rest of their lives play out in the context of that moment. Duke's Asian/Pacific Studies Institute presents the film (not, alas, in IMAX) as part of its Cine-East Film Series. Assistant director Eric Le Yang, a Duke graduate, will hold a Q-and-A after the film with Eileen Cheng-yin Chow, an Asian and Middle Eastern Studies professor. Actor Yang Lixin will also visit the campus on the following Thursday, Oct. 6. The film starts at 7:30 p.m.; admission is free. —Chris Vitiello

Price: Free

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