2016 Screenings

Datong: The Great Society


Thursday, 17 March 2016


20.00 - 22.30


mac birmingham, B12 9QH

Hailed as a masterpiece, Datong: The Great Society focuses on modern China’s first major utopian philosopher and earliest constitutional reformer, Kang Youwei (Liu Kai-chi) and his pioneering feminist daughter Kang Tongbi (Lindzay Chan).

Kang and his daughter fled into exile for sixteen years following the Qing government’s bloody crackdown on the political reform he initiated in 1898. Framed around their Swedish soujourn (1904–1908), Evans Chan’s docu-drama recounts Kang’s epic struggle to modernise China and his dream of Datong – the Chinese utopia.

Evans Chan will introduce the film and Dr Shirley Ye of the Department of History at University of Birmingham will host a post-screening discussion.