Claudia Cassidy Theater Screenings

Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North

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Mother's Heart
Thavary Meas Bong

Classic Cambodian Film Screenings

Sunday, October 30, 2022, 10am-5pm
Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North
Presented in partnership with the National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial

Join us for a double feature screening of two classic prewar films: Mother's Heart and Thavary Meas Bong. Screening for the first time in Chicago, these films are a celebration of early Cambodian filmmakers' ingenuity, craftsmanship, and talents. These early filmmakers' aim was to make films that Cambodian audiences would be proud to watch but never did they imagine anything beyond the regional screening. As with many Asian Americans, especially Southeast Asian communities, there are many stigmas attached to their parents' generation of war and related trauma. These films highlight a positive cultural production of their own heritage.

11am - screening of MOTHER'S HEART (1963, directed by Yvon Hem)

Mother's Heart tells the story of star-crossed lovers Chomnab, a wealthy and handsome man played by Nom Nem, and Chenda, a servant girl played by Keo Montha, who has become distrustful of all men. Featuring Som Van Soudany and Sak Sisbong in supporting roles. Set in contemporary Phnom Penh, this romantic and family melodrama was originally shot in 16mm and produced by Van Chann Film.

12:30am - conversation with Dr. LinDa Saphan about Faded Reels: The Art of Four Cambodian Filmmakers: 1960-1975

1:10pm - intermission

2pm - screening of THAVARY MEAS BONG (1969, directed by Uong Citta)

Thavary Meas Bong is a contemporary romantic melodrama with an all-star cast featuring Som Van Soudany, Kong Som Oeun, Vichara Dany, and So Hean. Running just short of two hours, the film centers on a love triangle involving two sisters falling in love with the same man. Music composed by Sinn Sisamouth.

4:45pm - special performance by classically trained musician and artist-in-residence of the National Cambodian Heritage Museum, Punisa Pov


DOC ChicagoDoc Chicago 2022

Saturday, November 5, 2022, 10am-5pm
Studio Theater, 1st Floor North
Presented in partnership with Percolator Films

The DOC CHICAGO mini-conference brings regional documentary filmmakers together to exchange ideas, learn, and connect. From panels to film screenings and community conversations, DOC CHICAGO offers a gathering place for documentary filmmakers to gain new insights and strengthen our connections across the region.


Opening Night of Shortcut 100 Film FestivalShortcut 100

Friday, November 11, 2022, 6-9pm
Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North
Presented in partnership with Nebula Creatives

The Shortcut 100 International Film Festival is an annual showcase dedicated to promoting the best in independent short film from emerging filmmakers. For the same amount of time as an average feature film (around 100 minutes) we offer our audience access to the up-and-coming voices and artistic visions of independent cinema from around the world. Based in Chicago and run by filmmakers from Nebula Creatives L3C, every year features an opening reception, awards chosen by our audience and an after party with filmmakers in attendance - all in a "short-and-sweet" 3-hour program.

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