Filmmaker Ronald Levaco was born in China of Russian Jewish parents, but his family fled when he was 10 after the revolution began in 1949, organizers said. Many years, he returned to China to learn what happened to his father’s best friend, Israel Epstein, a Russian Jew who, unlike most Westerners at the time, decided to stay, organizers said
"Round Eyes in the Middle Kingdom" is the filmmaker’s attempt to understand why Epstein joined Mao’s communist revolution, remaining in China even after being subjected to solitary confinement during the 1970s, and electing to become a Chinese citizen, organizers said. The film also is Levaco’s reconciliation of his comfortable colonial childhood with the harsh conditions that led to revolution, organizers said.
The screening possible through a grant from the International Association of New Haven. For information, visit http://www.roundeyes.eventbrite.com/ or call the library at (203) 946-7431.
The photo shows filmmaker Ronald Levaco in "Round Eyes in the Middle Kingdom."