SUN Shaoyi - Another Gem says goodbye.

Aditya Saturday August 17, 2019

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the demise of our senior NETPAC member, Prof SUN Shaoyi (孙绍谊) on 13th Aug 2019.   

Born in 1961, Prof. SUN Shaoyi did a Masters and a Ph.D from the University of Southern California (USC). He was Professor of Film and Media Studies at Shanghai Theater Academy (STA), taught Chinese film and literature at USC, University of California at Irvine, National Chung Hsing University (Taiwan), Shanghai University and New York University in Shanghai.  

SUN Shaoyi
SUN Shaoyi


His research area included film theories, Sino-US film relations, and new media art and cultural studies. He was the author/editor of Western Film Theories Since the New Millennium (2017), New Media and Cultural Transformation (2013), Spectrum of History and Cultural Topography: The Transnational Relation between Hollywood and Chinese-Language Cinema (2012), The Matrix of Cinema: Cinematic Space and Cultural Globalism (2010), The Imagined City: Literary, Filmic, and Visual Shanghai, 1927-1937 (2009) and Lights! Camera! Kai Shi!: In-Depth Interviews with China’s New Generation of Movie Directors (2008). He is also the Chinese translator of Rey Chow’s Primitive Passions: Visuality, Sexuality, Ethnography and Contemporary Chinese Cinema (2001).  

Prof. SUN was on the NETPAC jury for several international film festivals, including Taipei Golden Horse (2015), Bangalore (2011), Singapore (2009), Brisbane (2007) and Hawaii (2001).  

We send our sincere condolence to his family and friends. May he rest in peace. We will always remember his excellent work and his contribution to NETPAC.

-- Dr. Wang Yao

Also read another tribute to Shaoyi Sun by Jeannette Paulson Shaoyi Sun Tribute

International Women's Day

We are pleased to bring to you, for the second year, our International Women’s Day screening!

Free online screening | 8th March

IWD theme this year is #ChooseToChallenge. A challenged world is an alert world. From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge - Ubolsyn herself completely embraces the theme!

This year we invite you to a special free online screening of ULBOLSYN from director Adilkhan Yerzhanov. Our sincere thanks to the producers, Guillaume de Seille and Olga Khlasheva, for their generosity and their efforts in facilitating the screening.

Ulbolsyn Source Poffdotee

The film tells the story of a girl named Ulbolsyn (Kazakh for ‘let there be a son’) whose little sister Azhar is kidnapped by the regional mayor’s brother Urgen for marital purposes and taken away to his village. Ulbolsyn wants her sister to be free and to enter her into a foreign university so that she can pursue a future career. As soon as she learns about the incident, Ulbolsyn decides to fight for her sister and face down the patriarchal world of the people living in the Karatas village.

The film is the recipient of the NETPAC Award in Tallinn Black Nights and TRT award in CineLink Sarajevo WIP 2020

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