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Morgan Wong <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 2 Jan 2019 17:32:02 +0800
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Registration is now open for the fifth offering of Hong Kong Cinema through
a Global Lens, the first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Hong Kong
cinema to be produced anywhere in the world.  The online course starts on
January 22, 2019. Enjoy the conversation on Hong Kong cinema with
internationally-recognized film studies scholars Professor Gina Marchetti
and Dr. Aaron Han Joon Magnan-Park from the HKU Department of Comparative
Literature and Dr. Stacilee Ford from the HKU Department of History and
American Studies Program with the creative assistance of HKU TELI
(Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative).

The edX platform hosts Hong Kong Cinema through a Global Lens, which is
free of charge on the Internet. Lively and student-centered, this MOOC is
appropriate for secondary, tertiary, and lifelong learners from all corners
of the globe, who have a good command of the English language. Teachers are
welcome and encouraged to adapt various modules and materials for their own
classroom or e-learning needs. The course explores globalization through
Hong Kong cinema featuring crisp analyses of the actors and filmmakers
whose lives and films connect the local Hong Kong scene to global
histories, events, and trends. Throughout the six-week course, students
will encounter stars including Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Maggie Cheung as
well as award-winning directors such as John Woo, Mabel Cheung, Andrew Lau,
and Wong Kar Wai.

Each week a new film showcases talents, themes, and local-global
connections. The cinematic canvas ranges from martial arts and heroic
bloodshed films to romantic comedies and migration melodramas. Covering a
range of topics, genres, and films, the course features demonstrations of
swordplay and action choreography, tutors students in the close analysis of
film techniques, uncovers the reasons for the worldwide appeal of genres
such as the Kung fu film, and nurtures a comparative and critical
understanding of issues of gender, race, and migration. Interviews with
film professionals such as directors Mabel Cheung and Andrew Lau, producer
John Sham, film festival director Roger Garcia, and other guests, offer
candid insights about the industry.

Lively forum discussion an weekly round-up videos keep the course
up-to-date with the latest information on current trends in Hong Kong film.

For information and registration: and .

All enquiries should be directed to Mr. Morgan Wong
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