Chinese indie films to show in N.Y.

'Chongqing,' 'Other Half' to open Film Society program

The Film Society of Lincoln Center will feature a program of Chinese contemporary cinema titled "On the Edge: New Independent Cinema From China 2009" at New York's Walter Reade Theater from April 24-26. The program opens with Korean-Chinese director Zhang Lu's "Chongqing" and Ying Liang's "The Other Half."

Other titles set to screen--including several that are unlikely to make it past China's censors at home--are Peng Tao's "Little Moth"; Zhang's "Iri," a companion to "Chongqing"; and Ying's newest film, "Good Cats."

In conjunction with the series, a panel discussion on new Chinese cinema will be held April 26 at Dodge Hall at Columbia University. Speakers will include Richard Pena, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's program director and co-curator of the series; Lydia Liu, Columbia professor in the humanities; and Zhang Zhen, associate professor of cinema studies at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

This series was selected by Bao Weihong in association with Pena and made possible through the support of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, the Arts Initiative at Columbia University, the Columbia University Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Film Studies Program at Columbia University.