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24 City

Film screening of 24 City

Thursday, February 19, 2009
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
James Bridges Theater
Melintz Hall, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA

Melnitz Movies, in co-sponsorship with the UCLA Asia Institute, is proud to present the acclaimed film 24 CITY. A master of Chinese independent cinema, Jia Zhangke produces a part-documentary, part-fabrication, which details the effects of the modernization of China. The filmmaker focuses on the state-owned Factory 240, a munitions plant that is being shut down to make room for a new housing community. A half-dozen retired workers, brought from all over China to work in the factory, share their rich and moving stories, serving as living monuments of Mao’s China. Their stories are supplemented by monologues delivered by several professional actors, including actress Joan Chen. Artfully composed and punctuated by pop songs, 24 CITY is a wonder to behold. In Chinese with English subtitles. 107 min.


“Without nostalgia but with sensitivity and depth of feeling, Mr. Jia is documenting a country and several generations that are disappearing before the world’s eyes.” -Manohla Dargis, NEW YORK TIMES

 “The latest chapter in Jia Zhangke’s chronicles of modern Chinese history is certain to reinforce the director’s status as an international arthouse icon.” –Dan Fainaru, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

ADMISSION: Free ticket required, one ticket per person. Box office opens at 6:30pm, the day of the screening. PARKING: $9 in parking lot 3, in the northeast part of the UCLA campus. ADDITIONAL INFO: For more info on the screening and for directions, please visit:

Sponsor(s): Asia Institute, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

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