Focus on Asia, Four Films for the Fall (virtual film discussions)
Monday, October 16 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, November 6, 2023
Focus on Asia, Four Films for the Fall
Join us for a fall virtual film discussion! View the films at home (check https://www.justwatch.com for options) and join us for a Zoom discussion led by Bob Kagan.
October 16, White Tiger, 2021, India, Directed by Ramon Bahrani. Based on a Booker Prize winning novel, this film explores the social divide between the haves and have nots as we follow the son of a rickshaw driver who uses his wits to rise above his social class. Available for rent on Amazon. View the trailer here.
October 23, Burning, 2018, Japan/South Korea, Directed by Lee Chang-dong. This Academy Award nominated film follows Jong-su who bumps into a girl he knew from childhood. She asks him to look after her cat while she’s away. When she returns she introduces him to a man who Jong-su feels poses a threat to his old friend. Described as complex and engrossing, Burning provides poignant insights into modern day South Korea. Available from hoopla, and for rent on Amazon. View the trailer here.
October 30, Minari, 2020. South Korea, Directed by Lee Isaac Chung. Chung tells his personal story as a Korean American who moves to the Ozarks of Arkansas. With a deft style Chung’s immigrant tale resonates with its universal themes. Available Available from the library and for rent on Amazon. View the trailer here.
November 6, The Life of Pi, 2012, India, Directed by Ang Lee. Pi is the story of a young man who survives a disaster at sea and finds himself stranded in a lifeboat for 227 days with a Bengal Tiger. An improbably compelling story and spectacular visuals make this a treat to watch. Available Available from the library and for rent on Amazon. View the trailer here.
Bob Kagan was Chair of the Communication Department at Manchester Community College for 30 years. In his “unretirement” he teaches Communication courses at Central Connecticut State University and the University of Hartford. He has been leading film discussions at the Avon Free Public Library for the past 7 years.
Please register once for the series, even if you can’t attend all of the sessions. Zoom links will be sent out before the event.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Avon Library.