Film at the MFA in Boston. Documentary chronicles recently rediscovered Chinese artist and author Mu Xin.
Dreaming Against the World is a documentary portrait of Mu Xin, one of the most original and overlooked Chinese artists and authors of the past century. While imprisoned during the Cultural Revolution, he risked his life by making art in solitary confinement. After emigrating to New York in the early 1980s, Mu Xin continued painting and writing in obscurity. The story of how Mu Xin created an astonishing body of work that merged East and West, the ancient and the modern, terror and transcendence, Dreaming Against the World testifies to the artistic integrity and personal courage he upheld in the face of adversity. Written and directed by Oscar and Emmy nominated filmmakers Tim Sternberg and Francisco Bello, it was filmed on location in China and New York and had its festival premiere at the 2015 Telluride Film Festival (USA, 2014, 35 min.).
SPECIAL GUESTS: The showing of Dreaming Against the World will be introduced by Nancy Berliner, Wu Tung Curator of Chinese Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. It will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A moderated by Peter Rand, author and professor at Boston University. The panelists will be: artist and critic Chen Danqing and filmmakers Tim Sternberg and Francisco Bello. The screening and panel are co-presented with Boston-based Ballets Russes Arts Initiative.
TICKET & VENUE INFORMATION: Tickets may be purchased online at www.mfa.org/film, by calling the MFA Ticketing Line at 800.440.6975, or in person at any MFA ticket desk. Tickets are $9 for MFA members, $11 for nonmembers, $5 for students at local universities.