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Filmmaker to talk about documentary at NMSU’s Confucius Institute Speaker Series

Filmmaker and former public radio correspondent Jocelyn Ford will screen her documentary, “Nowhere to Call Home” next week at New Mexico State University.


The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in Domenici Hall Room 109. Ford’s visit to NMSU is part the Confucius Institute’s Speaker Series.

Ford’s film tells the story of Zanta, a Tibetan woman who moved to Beijing against the wishes of her in-laws so that her young son could get an education. Ford, who lives in Beijing, filmed the documentary over three years after overcoming restrictions on access to Tibetan communities.

“It crosses a lot of borders,” said Elvira Hammond, co-director of the Confucius Institute at NMSU. “It’s about women’s and children’s rights, (issues of) migrant laborers, it’s about her (Zanta’s) struggles to have custody of her son and about having the autonomy to determine what her son’s life will be like.”

The screening is free and open to the public.

NMSU’s Confucius Institute was inaugurated in August 2007 to increase awareness and understanding of Chinese language and culture in the community through education, performances, seminars and outreach. The institute also provides consultation services for local businesses and community organizations, scholarship support for NMSU students, faculty and staff traveling to China, and Chinese language teacher development.

The institute has partnerships with several area schools and universities, as well as the Shijiazhuang Science and Technology Vocational College in Hebei Province, China.