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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

New Haven Library to show documentary about Chinese Revolution

NEW HAVEN - The New Haven Library is inviting the public to the Connecticut premiere of "Round Eyes in the Middle Kingdom," a film by Ronald Levaco, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Oct. 1, at the library, 133 Elm St.
The free screening is part of the library’s Independent Directors Film Series, and was selected to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, organizers said.

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 or call the library at (203) 946-7431.

The photo shows filmmaker Ronald Levaco in "Round Eyes in the Middle Kingdom."


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