Screen/Society--Cine-East [China]--"Dream Empire"
(David Borenstein, 2016, 73 min, Denmark, in English and Chinese w/ English subtitles, Color, Digital)
-- Introduced by Xuenan Cao (Program in Literature)
Dream Empire follows Yana, an ambitious young woman who leaves her rural home to pursue the fabled Chinese Dream in Chongqing’s thriving real estate market. Yana opens an agency designed to aid Chinese developers in reaching foreign investors, but she soon discovers that her clients’ expectations—not to mention economic realities—may prove too tumultuous for her dream to weather. Filmed over several years, Miami-native director David Borenstein’s incisive documentary dissects the chaotic, reckless, often mind-boggling world of the globalized real estate market, showing its merciless effects not only in the abstract, but also on the life of a single, hugely determined individual.
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsors: The Asian/Pacific Studies Institute (APSI), the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI), and the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES).