History in Images, History in Words: In Search of Facts in Documentary Filmmaking

History in Images, History in Words: 

In Search of Facts 
in Documentary Filmmaking

A lecture by Carma Hinton

Robinson Professor of Visual Culture and Chinese Studies at George Mason University

Monday April 10, 2017 from 4-7 pm

at the Photonics Center (9th fl.), 8 St. Mary’s Street, Boston University

17_4_10 Carma_semifinal as of 3.20.17 1038amMy presentation will focus on the process of documentary filmmaking, especially the many challenges my team and I faced in trying to create engaging filmic narratives that are both factually accurate and encompass multiple perspectives. I will use excerpts from my films as well as out-takes to illustrate the difficulties in determining what information to include and exclude, assess the compromises involved in the choices, and explore the consequences of taking various possible paths. I will also address the different problems that a historian encounters when presenting history in images as opposed to in words: the potential and limitation of each medium and what information each might privilege or obscure.  I believe that in this age of “alternative facts” and “parallel universes,” reflections on the challenges in obtaining authenticity and truth and the importance of relentlessly striving to reach this goal, take on particularly urgent meaning.

About the speaker:

Carma Hinton is an art historian and a filmmaker. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from Harvard University and is now Robinson Professor of Visual Culture and Chinese Studies at George Mason University. Together with Richard Gordon, Hinton has directed many documentary films, including Small Happiness, All Under Heaven, To Taste a Hundred Herbs, Abode of Illusion: The Life and Art of Chang Dai-chien, The Gate of Heavenly Peace, and Morning Sun. She has won two Peabody Awards, the American Historical Association’s John E. O’Connor Film Award, the International Critics Prize and the Best Social and Political Documentary at the Banff Television Festival, and a National News & Documentary Emmy, among others. Hinton is currently working on a book about Chinese scrolls depicting the theme of demon quelling. Carma Hinton was born in Beijing. Chinese is her first language and culture.

Carma Hinton and Richard Gordon 1989

Contestations and Accommodations: Korean Christianity and the State in the Cold War Era, 1969-1974

By Janet Jie Jing LiuMarch 9th, 2017in Events, News

Contestations and Accommodations: Korean Christianity and the State in the Cold War Era, 1969-1974
April 27, 2017 in STH 441, School of Theology, Boston University, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Location: STH 441
Time: 3:30 pm

Helen Kim will reveal the complex responses of South Korean Christians to the state under the repressive rule of Park Chung-hee.

Asian Studies Fall Reception

By Inaara TajuddinSeptember 12th, 2016

DATE: Monday, September 26

LOCATION: The Castle at Boston University, 225 Bay State Road

TIME: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Let’s celebrate! New faces + new courses + new events = an exciting 2016-2017! Join our BU Asian Studies Community of faculty, students, visiting scholars, and friends as we kick off a new semester with free, delicious food and lively conversation. Learn more about our new projects and plans around our annual theme of “Asia in the World: Conflict and Engagement,” and find out how YOU can become more involved in building our community!

RSVP: 2016 Fall Reception


Watch the Asian Women Leaders Forum panel discussion

By Tova LevinJuly 19th, 2016in News

In case you were unable to attend, you can now watch the opening panel for the Asian Women Leaders Forum at Boston University.

BUCSA Asian Women Leaders Forum panel

Introductions from Catherine Yeh, Director of the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia, and Ann E. Cudd, Dean of The College of Arts and Sciences.

Moderated by Adil Najam, Dean of the Pardee School of Global Studies.

Panelists are feminist writer, publisher and social activist Urvashi Butalia of India, cultural anthropologist and social activist Haejoang Cho of South Korea, award winning artist, educator and community engagement designer Hiroko Kikuchi of Japan and writer, critic and former culture minister Lung Yingtai of Taiwan.

Asian Women Leaders Forum

Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,