[Grad-postdoc-assn] Be social while watching the Bidden/Palin debate Thursday at 6:30 - RDV @ Red Fish

Isabelle Ruin isabelle.ruin at laposte.net
Wed Oct 1 14:42:42 MDT 2008

Hi all,

I don't know if we can consider it as an ASP social event but you're  
all welcome to join at Red Fish tomorrow evening to watch the debate.  
Let me know as soon as possible how many of you will join in order to  
book a table.
See you tomorrow

P.S. : For those interested in watching "Tuya's mariage" tonight at  
7pm at the Muenzinger Auditorium on CU Campus. Lets meet in front of  
the Auditorium around 6:50pm.

Tuya's Marriage
Tonight (October 1)
7:00 & 9:00

Cultures Clash When Mongolian Herder Seeks a Spouse

Tuya (Yu Nan) is a hardworking and beautiful shepherdess who decides  
that to help her family survive she must divorce her husband and seek  
a new spouse who will care for her and her disabled husband, in this  
contemporary drama by Wang Quan An.

Review by Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
An ethnographic melodrama about the pressures facing contemporary  
Mongolians, Tuya's Marriage concerns the efforts of shepherd Tuya (Yu  
Nan) to find a new husband after she suffers a serious injury caused  
by labor strain that could potentially lead to paralysis. Given  
Tuya's beauty and impressive work ethic, she's soon inundated with  
suitors, yet the mother-of-two's devotion to her disabled husband,  
Bater (Bater), with whom she is determined to continue supporting  
even after finalizing their divorce, makes the process difficult.  
Chinese director Wang Quanan's film isn't particularly interested in  
surveying the historic customs and rituals of Inner Mongolians, but  
it does capture the backbreaking arduousness of their day-to-day  
life, which for Tuya involves herding her flock of sheep, lugging  
water 30 kilometers to her home from a half-finished well (the  
creation of which left Bater lame), and tending to her kids and  
incapacitated husband, all while contending with a friend named Senge  
(Senge) who's run ragged by his cheating wife and who not-so-secretly  
loves Tuya. In some of its characterizations and dilemmas (such as  
Tuya's attempt to make a go of it with a former classmate who  
callously ditches Bater at an urban nursing home), Tuya's Marriage  
can feel a tad overwritten, but in terms of its cultural and  
emotional portraits, the film's neo-realist authenticity is  
nonetheless striking. Much of this can be credited to the commanding  
Yu, whose wind-burned toughness and resoluteness are complemented by  
a burdensome combination of anger, loneliness, and sorrow. It's also,  
however, attributable to Wang's honest depiction of the struggles  
confronting Mongolians, a people who continue to survive thanks to a  
collective devotion to camaraderie and compassion, yet whose  
tradition-bound existence—slowly being suffocated into obsolescence  
by encroaching power lines, cities, and modern mores—is, as Tuya's  
exhausted marriage-day tears suggest, an increasingly grueling one to  

China, in Mandarin, Color, 86 min, 1.85 : 1

Films are shown in Muenzinger Auditorium, the Film Studies Theater in  
ATLAS, and elsewhere on the CU-Boulder campus. Admission: $5 general,  
$4 w/UCB student ID. Call 303 492 1531 for info.
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