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LOS ANGELES—My Favorite Things: Joy Luck Club

May 16 @ 7:30 pm

LOS ANGELES—Join Visual Communications and friends—individuals, filmmakers, activists, and stakeholders from Little Tokyo and various endangered communities—for screenings feature-length films that have moved and influenced them, sparked their creativity, or prompted them into action. By looking at this selection, it’s clear that films speak to the human condition, or leave an indelible impression on the public. From romantic comedies, social melodramas, to action and adventure tales, cinema has never failed to offer pointed and wry commentary on matters such as race, class, social and economic strata. 

Presented by KRISTIN FUKUSHIMA
THE JOY LUCK CLUB
(1993, Dir.: Wayne Wang)
The Joy Luck Club is the name of an informal gathering formed by four women in San Francisco: Lindo (Tsai Chin), Ying-Ying (France Nuyen), An-Mei (Lisa Lu), and Suyuan (Kieu Chinh). The members have mainly played mahjong and told each other’s stories over the years. They emigrated from their native China, remarried, and gave birth to children in America. Suyuan’s daughter June (Ming-Na Wen) replaced her when Suyuan died four months before the time the film is set. The mothers have high hopes for their daughters’ success, but the daughters struggle through “anxieties, feelings of inadequacy, and failures.”
139 minutes

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 7:30 pm

341 E 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Presented by Visual Communications, CENTERING THE MASSES is a series of free pop-up events and programs at 341 FSN, in the heart of Los Angeles Little Tokyo’s historic district. This nine-week series running from April 5th to May 30, 2019 will bring together artists, cultural workers, entertainment professionals, and civic personalities to celebrate and explore all the ways that motion pictures and media artworks impact our lives. Through intimate conversation, screenings, and visual art presentations, this project will be a space to address the current realities of a community that sits at the crossroads of shifting racial, generational, and economic conditions.

Click here for a downloadable calendar of all the events.

This project is supported by a Humanities for All Quick Grant.

Venue

341 FSN
341 E 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012 United States
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