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Knife in the Clear Water


On April 6, 2018, Crows & Sparrows is pleased to co-present a free screening of Wang Xuebo’s directorial debut KNIFE IN THE CLEAR WATER at the Brattle Theatre.

Winner of the New Currents Award at the 2016 Busan International Film Festival and based on the short story by Shi Shuqing (who also co-wrote the screenplay), KNIFE IN THE CLEAR WATER is a stark and breathtaking portrayal of a rural Hui Muslim community in China’s Ningxia Province. After the death of his wife and as part of the mourning process, Ma Zishan is asked to sacrifice his only bull. Expressing with subtlety his emotional uncertainty between the call to honor the soul of his wife and his attachment to his most beloved animal, the film becomes an exquisite and psychogeographic exploration of loss, tradition, and transformation in the context of this marginalized community.

Following the film, please join us for a post-screening discussion led by Peng Hai, Ph.D. Candidate in Chinese Film History at Harvard University. This screening is co-sponsored by the Emergent Visions Series of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard, and is presented in conjunction with the Harvard Yenching Indigeneity and Environment Symposium.

Visit our screenings section for more details!



On April 30, 2017, Crows & Sparrows is pleased to co-present Miao Wang’s newest documentary MAINELAND at the Independent Film Festival Boston!

The 15th Annual Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston) is taking place April 26-May 3 at the Somerville Theatre, Brattle Theatre, Coolidge Corner Theatre, and UMass Boston. Over one hundred films will be shown along with nightly parties and weekend panel discussions. Tickets for all events are on sale now at http://www.iffboston.org.
Sun. 4/30 – 2:45pm – Somerville Theatre
A multi-layered coming-of-age tale that follows two teenagers of China’s wealthy elite as they settle into a boarding school in blue-collar rural Maine. Visit our screenings section for more details. Tickets are now on sale here.

Shireen Seno and the Kalampag Tracking Agency

On May 8-9, 2017, Crows & Sparrows is pleased to partner with the Balagan Film Series to co-present two evenings of film and video from the Philippines with Manila-based filmmaker and curator Shireen Seno in person at the Coolidge Corner Theatre and the AgX Film Collective.

These events are supported in part by the Harvard University Asia Center and the Brookline Commission for the Arts, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Visit our screenings section for more details.

Zhao Liang’s BEHEMOTH in Boston

On Monday, April 24, 2017, Crows & Sparrows is pleased to co-present the Boston area premiere of Beijing-based filmmaker Zhao Liang’s BEHEMOTH with The DocYard at the Brattle Theatre, followed by post-screening Q&A with the filmmaker via Skype. The screening is co-sponsored by the Harvard-China Project on Energy, Economy and Environment and the Environment in Asia Series, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Harvard ID Holders can attend this screening with free admission! Read more about the film in our screenings section. Tickets are on sale now at the Brattle Theatre here.

The Films of Lewis Klahr in Beijing and Shanghai

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In Summer and Fall 2016, Crows & Sparrows is excited to present the work of American filmmaker Lewis Klahr in Beijing and Shanghai

In Beijing, screenings are presented in partnership with the 5th China Independent Animation Film Forum (CIAFF). In Shanghai, screenings are presented at OCAT Shanghai. This marks the first presentation of Klahr’s work in mainland China with the filmmaker in person.

Program Dates and Venues:

Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 2:30pm
Short Films by Lewis Klahr
Frontier Center, Beijing
Presented as a special screening of the 5th China Independent Animation Film Forum
Lewis Klahr in person
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Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 7pm
SIXTY SIX by Lewis Klahr
OCAT Shanghai
Lewis Klahr in person
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Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 7:30pm
SIXTY SIX by Lewis Klahr
Closing Night Film
5th China Independent Animation Film Forum, Beijing
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Many thanks to our partners and host venues for making these screenings possible!

China Independent Animation Film Forum
Frontier Center Beijing
OCAT Shanghai