Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 7 p.m. – Filmmaker Q&A Follows Free Screening
In central China, a Master coach recruits poor rural teenagers and turns them into Western-style boxing champions. Through hard work and discipline, these boys and girls come of age, trained in the art of boxing and the game of life. They are filled with Olympic dreams, hoping to become China's next amateur heroes. But the pull of professionalism also weighs upon their shoulders. Their coach hopes to show them the way. The top student boxers face dramatic choices as they graduate—should they fight for the collective good as amateurs or for themselves and their own personal gain as professionals? It's a metaphor for the choices that everyone faces now in the New China.
Internationally award-winning filmmaker Yung Chang made his first feature documentary, Up The Yangtze, in 2007. The film uses China's highly contested Three Gorges Dam as a dramatic backdrop for a moving and richly detailed narrative of a peasant family negotiating unprecedented historic changes. The film played at numerous festivals, including Sundance, and was one of the top-grossing theatrically released documentaries of 2008. China Heavyweight is Chang's second feature, which had its world premiere in official competition at Sundance 2012. He is currently in production on The Fruit Hunters, a feature documentary about nature, commerce, and obsession in the fruit underworld. He is also writing Eggplant, a feature fiction film about a Taiwanese wedding photographer in China.