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Thousand Pieces of Gold

 
 
Jun 18—Jun 24, 2021
 
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RUN TIME: 105min
LANGUAGE: In English and Mandarin with English subtitles
GENERAL ADMISSION: $16
MEMBERS: $8 (free for Level 4 and above)
 
 
 
 
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Directed by Nancy Kelly | 1990

With Rosalind Chao, Chris Cooper, Michael Paul Chan, Dennis Dun

An underrated gem of 90s American independent filmmaking, Nancy Kelly’s Thousand Pieces of Gold offers a feminist lens on the classic Western tale. Adapted by filmmaker and writer Anne Makepeace from Ruthanne Lum McCunn’s historical 1981 novel, the film tells the story of Lalu, a young Chinese woman (Chao) sold into slavery by her own parents, trafficked to a nefarious saloonkeeper in Idaho's gold country, then won in a poker game by a man who eventually gains her trust (Cooper). Drawing comparisons to John Ford, Kelly, an acclaimed documentarian making her fiction debut, subverts the Western genre’s patriarchal and misogynistic worldview, instead lending a nuanced, emotional, and profoundly empathetic perspective to this story of frontier survival and immigrant isolation.

Presented in a new 4k restoration by Indiecollect


Watch our virtual Q&A with director Nancy Kelly, producer Kenji Yamamoto, actors Rosalind Chao and Chris Cooper, and screenwriter Anne Makepeace on YouTube

Leadership support for BAM Film provided by the Ford Foundation and The Thompson Family Foundation ­

 
 
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