The Inimitable Intensely Independent JOHN SAYLES comes to the Wang Center on October 12 to speak about and screen: AMIGO (John Sayles / 2011 / USA / 128 minutes / English) Wednesday, October 12, 4 pm Celebrated writer and director John Sayles comes to Stony Brook’s Charles B. Wang Center for a special screening of his 17th feature film, Amigo, a searing exploration of guerilla warfare and American interventionism in the Philippine-American War. Amigo stars legendary Filipino actor Joel Torre as Rafael, mayor of a village occupied by American troops. Rafael comes under pressure from a tough-as-nails officer (Chris Cooper) to help the Americans in their hunt for Filipino guerilla fighters. But Rafael’s brother (Ronnie Lazaro) is the head of the local guerillas, and considers anyone who cooperates with the Americans to be a traitor. Rafael quickly finds himself forced to make the impossible, potentially deadly decisions faced by ordinary civilians in an occupied country. A powerful drama of friendship, betrayal, romance and heartbreaking violence, Amigo is a page torn from the untold history of the Philippines, and a mirror of today’s unresolvable conflicts. Preceding the screening, John Sayles reads from his new novel A MOMENT IN THE SUN, from which Amigo is drawn. There is a book signing and reception. Special Guest: Academy Award Nominee John Sayles ________________ GIVE UP TOMORROW (Michael Collins / 2011 / UK / 90 minutes / English, Filipino, and Spanish with English Subtitles) Monday, October 3, 7pm, Wang Center Theater Set amidst old world vestiges of colonialism, classism and backdoor politics in the Philippines, Give Up Tomorrow tells the story of Paco Larrañaga, wrongfully convicted for the 1997 murder of Marijoy and Jacqueline Chong. Rather than simply building an evidentiary case about an individual injustice, the film exposes the roots of this miscarriage to reveal the interconnected complexities that permeate Filipino culture, and explores schism of race, class, and political power at the core of the Philippine’s tumultuous democracy. Give Up Tomorrow is also an intimate family drama, telling the story of the Larrañagas’ struggle to free their son, and the Chongs’ search for justice for their daughters. The film won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival, 2011. Special Guests: Director MICHAEL COLLINS and Producer MARTY SYJUCO Part of the Port Jefferson Documentary Film Series Tickets: $5.00. Free admission for SB students. Film website: http://www.pacodocu.com/about Flier: http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/wang/programs/GiveUpTomorrow_8.5x11%20Flyer_E-mailVersion.pdf ________________ RECYCLING AND REINCARNATION: OPENING RECEPTION ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 4:30 PM Exhibition of PUBLIC ART, IMAGE COMMUNICATION, and INDUSTRIAL DESIGN from the School of Design, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China Tuesday, October 4 through Sunday, November 6 Charles B. Wang Center Zodiac Lobby At a time when issues of sustainability and environmentalism are increasingly the focus of public attention (and often controversy), Recycling and Reincarnation: Exhibition of Industrial Design, Installation and Mixed Media Art features works from artists affiliated with East China Normal University in Shanghai, PRC. Recycling and Reincarnation explores the connections of recycling as an environmental or industrial practice with cyclicality of life, spirit, and history. Some works are artistic reflections or meditations on these themes, while others imagine creative sustainable technology. The exhibition is accompanied by an artistic exchange, in which Stony Brook University welcomes artists and faculty from East China Normal University for a workshop and artists’ panel. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet these international artists and intellectuals at our opening reception, or to hear their ideas at the panel! Exhibition: October 4 – November 6, 2011 Opening Reception: October 4, 2011, 4:30 pm WITH REFRESHMENTS AND PERFORMANCE BY SBU'S PERCUSSION BAND AND REMARKS BY THE NEW PROVOST DENNIS ASSANIS Artists’ Panel on ART AND SUSTAINING THE EARTH: October 4, 2011, 2:30 pm MODERATED BY JOHN LUTTERBIE, ART DEPARTMENT Presented by Stony Brook University's Confucius Institute and the Wang Center __________________ WO AI NI MOMMY (I love you, Mommy) (Stephanie Wang-Breal / 2010 / USA / 77 minutes / English) Monday, October 17, 7pm, Wang Center Theater From 2000-2008, China was the leading country for U.S. international adoptions. There are now approximately 70,000 Chinese children being raised in the United States. Wo Ai Ni Mommy explores what happens when an older Chinese girl is adopted into an American family. This film reveals the complicated gains and losses that are an inherent aspect of international, transracial adoption. In 2007 Donna and Jeff Sadowsky of Long Island, New York submitted their dossier to adopt eight-year old Fang Sui Yong from Guangzhou, China. From the very first moment Sui Yong meets her new mother, Donna, we get a real sense of the emotional confusion and loss Sui Yong experiences, as adoption workers translate their first words of communication. This day will change Sui Yong’s life, forever. Language, habits, food, everything she knows will never be the same. Her new life in America is filled with happiness and confusion. As she struggles to survive in this new world, we witness her transform into a lively, outspoken American. Sui Yong has become someone neither she nor Donna could have imagined. In a sense, she’s the same girl Donna met in Guangzhou all those months ago – and yet she’s utterly different. Part of the Port Jefferson Documentary Film Series Special Guest: DONNA SADOWSKY Tickets: $5.00. Free admission for SB students. Film website: http://woainimommy.com/ Flier: http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/wang/programs/I%20Love%20You%20Mommy_8.5x11%20Flyer_E-mailVersion.pdf ______________ For more information on these and other Asian and Asian American Programs please visit: http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/wang/ or call: 631-632-4400.