This Saturday afternoon at The Pioneer Theater, Chinese filmmaker Xiaolian Peng will be on hand for a pair of screenings, to be followed by a Q & A moderated by author Chris Berry.

In Red Persimmons, a documentary begun by Ogawa Shinsuke and finished by his student Peng after the director's death, the annual persimmon harvest in a tiny Japanese village is used as an in to examine the gradual dissolution of Japanese traditional culture. It precedes the United States premiere of Peng's Shanghai Women, a semi-autobiographical fictional tale of a mother and daughter trying to preserve their family bonds amidst social and emotional turmoil.

This event is sponsored by The Department of East Asian Studies at New York University. Admission is free, but reservations are required: please RSVP to, or call (212) 998-7620.

The Pioneer Theater is located at 155 East 3rd Street, at Avenue A, in Manhattan. The program begins at 1pm.

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