LLCC Arts and Humanities is hosting a free film and discussion series this fall entitled, “Through a Different Lens: Cultural Perspectives through Film.” The film series will be held on select Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m. in the Trutter Center, hosted by Ashley Green, Ph.D., professor of English and Joseph Hoff, Ph.D., professor of Spanish.
The next film in the series, “Monkey King II,” (2016) will be shown on Nov. 16. This fantasy film is based on the Chinese classic “Journey to the West” by Wu Cheng’en. After 500 years of imprisonment, monkey king Sun Wukong (Aaron Kwok) is rescued by a young Buddhist monk Tang Sanzang (Feng Shaofeng). But the unlikely encounter has a purpose, for Sun Wukong must accompany and protect Tang Sanzang as he sets out on a journey to the Thunder Monastery in India to collect Buddha’s scriptures. On their travels, they encounter Zhu Bajie (Xiaoshenyang), a lustful pig demon and Sha Wujing (Him Law), a djinn-like monk. Monkey King II is a magical allegory based on Confuscian and Buddhist principles. Speaker and facilitator is Dr. Green.
In addition, the Trutter Museum will be open until 6 p.m. on the Thursdays on which the films are shown. The museum will feature a display of cultural items from the country highlighted in the film that evening!