Global Visions Film Series continues with "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers"


Anthropology's Global Visions Film Series will play "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 9 in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The film is directed by Wayne Wang.

"A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" follows the relationship between a Chinese widower and his only daughter, an American immigrant and recent divorcee. The Chinese widower, a self-confessed bad father who has no understanding of his daughter's relationships, American life or adult personality, attempts to fulfill his fatherly duties after 12 years of estrangement. Unfortunately, his attempts at cooking and trying to relate to her fail because his daughter has no interest in baring her soul to her long-estranged dad. The more the father presses for acceptance, the more she avoids him. While their generational, political, and experiential differences stand in the way of understanding, nothing really happens until they both finally admit their mistakes.

"In observing the reality of this relationship, Wang contemplates the "generation gap" in modern societies all over the world. His film quietly, carefully, movingly observes how these two people of the same blood will never be able to understand each other, and the younger one won't even care to," wrote Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.

The Global Visions Film Series seeks to bring an array of international films to the Grand Forks Community. Two films are presented each month in the Lecture Bowl of the Memorial Union at the University of North Dakota. Attendance is free, but a small donation of $1 is requested.

Upcoming films, all at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, are:
"War Dance" - Tuesday, Mar. 30
"The Stoning of Soraya" - Tuesday, April 6
"Local Color" - Tuesday, April 20
"American Violet" - Tuesday, May 4
-- Anthropology