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Hughes student leads Nostalgia他乡 film event

Documentary film Screening and Director Q&A

We were pleased to host a documentary film screening of Nostalgia他乡, a film about the rise and fall of a mining town on the border between Guangdong and Hunan, China, during the industrial transformation of the 1980s.

Following the screening was a Q&A session with film’s director, Li Jie; editor, Xiaochuan Yu; and Tan Jia, Associate Professor of Cultural Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Hughes Hall Student organiser, Yutong Ni, introduces the film Nostalgia他乡, as well as its director Li Jie and film editor, Xiaochuan Yu, who attended the event.

This was exactly the kind of event that the college welcomes in its annual programming. The subject appealed to many students across the Humanities and Social Sciences, in particular, and we were very happy to support it.

“It is always rewarding to work with students on new and inspiring ideas for events, and fantastic to hold a ‘sold-out’ event on a Friday evening. What an enlightening film. It was a pleasure to work with Yutong to bring this event about, and to welcome the guests who made it even more poignant” said Alison Nicholson, Events Programmes Manager

With thanks to all those who made the event such as success including Yutong Ni (third from left), Alison Nicholson (on Yutong’s right), and Derya Cavga, far right.

Yutong Ni, a Hughes MPhil student in Film & Screen Studies, organised this event with the College. As a postgraduate student of feminist cinema and literature, she was keen to help promote and screen works by female directors, and was moved by the sincere emotional connection of the mining community people under the changing times shown in the film. After a chance meeting with the film Director in London, she offered to organise a screening in Cambridge, taking the opportunity to also invite Cambridge University’s Visiting Fellow, Associate Professor Tan Jia of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, as Chair for the Q&A session.

“I am grateful for the support provided by College and hope this event will encourage more Hughes students to develop their interests and suggest ideas for future events.” – Yutong Ni

Hughes By-Fellow and Tutor, Dr Derya Cavga, was delighted to discuss the event concept with Yutong Ni, MPhil Film & Screen Studies Student, and particularly, in her role as Gender Equality Champion, was pleased to be able to support bringing the creative insights of Chinese female filmmakers and researchers to a wider audience.