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Voices in Moving Image: Leslie Tai - "How To Have An American Baby"

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sep 20

Wed, Sep 20 2023, 4PM - 7PM

Timken Lecture Hall | 1111 8th St., San Francisco, California, 94107 View map

Part of event series: Fine Arts Divisional Lecture Series Fall 2023


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CCA Film

Event description

The Fine Arts Lecture Series is a cornerstone of CCA's vibrant campus culture, providing an exceptional platform for students to engage with eminent artists from around the world. This dynamic immersive series offers an unparalleled opportunity for students to witness the creative process, gain insights into diverse artistic perspectives, and interact with established professionals.

Through these inspiring interactions, students are not only exposed to cutting-edge techniques and innovative concepts but also encouraged to think critically, question norms, and broaden their artistic horizons. The series fosters an environment of intellectual curiosity, cultural enrichment, and creative growth, empowering students to evolve as both skilled artists and well-rounded individuals poised for success in the competitive world of contemporary art.

CCA Film department's commitment to being a sanctuary for emerging voices and diverse practices. Each semester we host a powerful slate of thinkers and practitioners who expand our idea of what film is.
The Voices in Moving Image Lecture Series invites a number of successful artists and filmmakers to share their strategies and stories.

Please join us for in-person symposiums of screenings and artist talks, from  September 6th to December 6th.  

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HOW TO HAVE AN AMERICAN BABY is a kaleidoscopic voyage into the booming shadow economy catering to pregnant Chinese tourists who travel to Southern California on “birthing vacations”–in order to obtain U.S. citizenship for their babies. In bedrooms, delivery rooms, and private family meetings, the story of a hidden global economy emerges—depicting the fortunes and tragedies that befall the ordinary people caught in the web of its influence.


Leslie Tai (b.1983) is a Chinese-American filmmaker hailing from San Francisco, California. After graduating from UCLA with a B.A. in Design|Media Arts, Leslie moved to China on a U.S. Fulbright Scholarship in 2006. There, she earned her filmmaking chops in the underground Chinese documentary world as a student of Wu Wenguang, a founding figure of the New Chinese Documentary Movement. From 2007-2011, she made and exhibited films as an artist of Wu's Beijing-based studio, Caochangdi Workstation. Tai is recipient of a 2019 Creative Capital Award and a graduate of the MFA Program in Documentary Film and Video at Stanford University. Her short films have premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, Visions du Réel (Nyon), International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and broadcast on The New York Times.

Tai's work chronicles the dreams, anxieties, and consumer desire of China’s rising middle class and the Chinese diaspora from a distinctly female perspective. She is currently in post-production on her feature debut How to Have an American Baby.

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Free and open to the public. Limited seating available, RSVP required with link below.