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OF SHADOWS: Film Screening and Talk by Director Yi Cui

April 06, 2017


Filmed in China’s Loess Plateau, where shadow theatre has entertained people and deities for centuries, OF SHADOWS follows a lively and resilient group of local shadow play performers as they navigate between the rural staging of ancient plays and the urban spectacles of national cultural heritage. While providing a rare glimpse into the nomadic lives of master puppeteers, the film paints a haunting portrait of a revered folk tradition transforming against the backdrop of a country in constant transition.


Yi Cui was born and raised in northwest China and currently lives between her homeland and Canada. Before starting to make films, she worked in field ecology. She received her MFA in film from York University in Toronto. Her experimental short films include Camera Lucida and Shadow Puppet, which have screened at festivals worldwide.

Event gallery

Thursday, April 6, 2017


SFU Harbour Centre
1415 Cominco Policy Room
515 West Hastings Street

Light refreshments will be served.


  • David Lam Centre for International Communication