Next Masters of Asian Cinema: 'Daughter of the Nile' June 4

The last Masters of Asian Cinema film of the 2018-2019 season is Hou Hsiao-hsien’s 1987 feature Daughter of the Nile, which screens on Tuesday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay Street in Bellingham.  

Sandwiched in between two of Hou's greatest films, Daughter of the Nile has often been overlooked. According to series curator and WWU librarian Jeff Purdue, while the title comes from a Japanese manga, the story is pure Hou: a young woman in Taipei charts a path to adulthood while trying to keep her splintered family together and resist the pull of the criminal underworld that her charismatic older brother is involved with. The result is a haunting film about the loneliness behind the constant activity of a city.

Co-sponsored by Western Libraries and Pickford Film Center, the Masters of Asian Cinema series features some of the best films in World Cinema.  Each film in the series begins with an introduction from select speakers including local professors, artists, and educators. Daughter of the Nile will be introduced by series curator Jeff Purdue.