紀錄片放映: 《蕭軍六記》 及 映後座談會 Screening event: “A Life in Six Chapters” and Post Screening Talk

December 4, 2021

紀錄片放映: 《蕭軍六記》 及 映後座談會 Screening event: “A Life in Six Chapters” and Post Screening Talk




Date 日期 :2021-12-4
Time 時間 :2:30-5:00pm
Venue 地點 :香港中文大學信和樓二號演講廳 LT2, UG/F, Sino Building, CUHK

Speaker 講者: 魏時煜 (本片導演、香港城市大學創意媒體學院副教授)
S. Louisa Wei (Director of A Life In Six Chapters, Associate Professor, School of Creative Media, City U)

Discussant 對談嘉賓:黃念欣 (香港中文大學中國語言及文學系副教授)
Wong Nim Yan (Associate Professor, Dept of Chinese Language and Literature, CUHK)

Moderator 主持:李鐵成 (香港中文大學文化及宗教研究系講師)
Li Tiecheng (Lecturer, Dept of Cultural and Religious studies, CUHK)

Language of the Documentary: English with Chinese Subtitles|
Post screening talk will be conducted in Mandarin・Complemented with Cantonese and English|
Free Admission費用全免|Limited seats座位有限|First Come First Served先到先得

Registration 登記 :https://cloud.itsc.cuhk.edu.hk/webform/view.php?id=13641960
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Website 網站 : www.cuhk.edu.hk/crs/ccs
Enquiry 查詢 : cuccs@cuhk.edu.hk

Co-organized by Master of Arts programme in Intercultural Studies (MAICS) and the Centre for Cultural Studies, Department of Cultural Religious Studies, the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Introduction 簡介/ Sebastian Veg 魏簡

“A Life in Six chapters” is Louisa Wei’s latest documentary, devoted to the writer Xiao Jun. It can be seen as part of a series of works beginning with “Storm under the Sun” on the Hu Feng Affair, and including documentaries on Wang Shiwei, the cultural critic who became one of the first intellectuals to be purged by Mao in the Yan’an period, and the writer Xiao Hong, who after a six-year common-law marriage to Xiao Jun, eloped to Hong Kong, where she died a tragically early death.


Xiao Jun was an eternal maverick, who never became a formal member of the CCP, despite working for many years in its cultural orbit as a writer and journalist. Louisa Wei’s film brings him back to life using extensive autobiographical audio recordings he made in the early 1980s, as well as a series of exceptional interviews with his family members, friends, colleagues and other witnesses of the times. The great events experienced by Xiao’s generation feature prominently in the film: the Japanese occupation of Manchuria in 1931, the death of Lu Xun in 1936, the idealistic promises of the CCP base in Yan’an, so often betrayed in reality, Mao’s proclamation of the PRC in 1949, the purges of intellectuals in the 1950s and the Cultural Revolution, marked by red guard violence and suicides of prominent writers like Lao She. All are depicted in vivid colors through the testimony of witnesses like Lu Xun’s son Zhou Haiying or Jia Zhifang, a victim of the Anti-Hu Feng purge.


As the ideals of a generation were shattered time and again by party politics and violent struggle, Xiao Jun remained an eternal optimist, unwilling to dwell on past wrongs or tragic episodes, like the loss of his daughter in the Cultural Revolution. The film effectively uses archival images and carefully selected music from each era to situate Xiao’s story against the great tapestry of history. This moving film will be of great interest to audiences concerned with China’s modern history, as well as the complex negotiations between intellectuals and politics.