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[Feb 3 at 9 AM] Online Workshop & Film Screening: A Long Way Home (Luc Schaedler, 2018)

January 12, 2024

How artists and their personal family histories shape a counterculture that reveals the historical and biographical ruptures in present-day Chinese society?

Teachers are invited to view the documentary film A Long Way Home (asynchronous), then join film director Luc Schaedler (synchronous), to learn about both the film and its historical context.

  • Film Screening (asynchronous): Registered participants will get free access to view the film plus a viewing guide prior to the live workshop on Feb 3.
  • Live (synchronous) Workshop with Director Luc Schaedler:  Feb. 3, 2024 (Saturday) 12 p.m. ET/ 11a.m. CT/ 10 a.m. MT/ 9a.m. PT

RSVP is required to access the film and viewing guide. Please visit to register.

Luc Schaedler with the Gao Brothers in Beijing 2015

A Long Way Home (Luc Schaedler, 2018) Film Trailer

A Long Way Home takes us on a fascinating journey into both the grim days of recent Chinese history and the dazzling cultural scene in present-day China. The film centers around five of the most significant representatives of contemporary Chinese counterculture: the visual artists the Gao Brothers, the choreographer and dancer Wen Hui, the animation artist Pi San and the poet Ye Fu. With bravery and subversive wit, they each shed light on the social problems in their country from their unique perspective. Their vision is of a democratic and humane civil society, and, increasingly, their struggle seems as relevant for the world today as it is for China. (Source: Documentary Educational Resources)

About the Program

This series is a collaboration between federally-funded National Resource Centers (NRC) and Documentary Educational Resources (DER). The NRC X DER series uses documentary film from around the world to teach techniques in critical film viewing alongside international cultural and historical topics. Each session delves into the cinematography and narrative of a single film. Participants will watch each film independently with the help of a viewing guide, then join film-makers and other experts for discussion via Zoom. Participants may choose to attend any (or all) events in the series.

This program, focused on A Long Way Home, was organized and supported by: Center for East Asian Studies at University of Arizona, East Asian Studies Center at Ohio State University, and Taiwan Studies Arts & Culture Program at University of Washington through U.S. Department of Education Title VI grants to each of the centers, in conjunction with DER.