The Mandarin of Friendship
Wed 13th December, 2017
The Sinology Institute and mmMandarin would like to invite you to a screening and Q&A session with Annamaria Carrarow, a documentary filmmaker who has just finished working on her new film "The Manadarin of Friendship" about 16th Century Italian Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci, who was the first foreigner to be appointed a Mandarin in Imperial court and was buried in Beijing at a special Christian Cemetary with concession from then Emperor Wan Li.
"His exceptional knowledge gave him privileged access to the Chinese world"
Matteo Ricci's access to the Imperial Court and its members was unique for anyone not of elite Chinese society.
A Documentary by Annamaria Carrarow
SubjectThe documentary covers the Italian Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci, well known in China as Li Madou, who died in Beijing in 1610 and was buried here by special permission of Emperor Wan Li: a unique privilege. Matteo Ricci, born and raised in Macerata, studied at the prestigious Roman College in Rome and was then sent by the Society of Jesus to evangelize China at a time when foreigners were forbidden to enter the Middle Kingdom. After years of failed attempts, he finally succeeded, reaching the Forbidden City. Thanks to his personal skills, his great intelligence and extensive knowledge of science, mathematics, astronomy, cartography and art, he earned the respect and friendship of important Confucian scholars and was introduced into the prestigious circle of mandarins. And one day he was named Mandarin himself.
"On Friendship"The title is inspired by the first book written in Chinese by Father Ricci: "On Friendship", the universal principle without time. Matteo Ricci can be considered an example of cultural mediation based on the universal values of friendship, mutual knowledge and respect. This model of relationship building, which proved to be successful then, may be even more relevant today, in a period of globalization. Beyond that, the focus on the philosophy of friendship is precisely what is missing in other films on Matteo Ricci, which were produced and distributed recently. But the real ambition of this film is to talk about the creation of intercultural dialogue. The model of cultural mediation applicable to all possible dialogues between countries, at all times and in all places, makes the message of this film truly universal. The documentary was presented at the GZDOC festival in Guangzhou / China in 2015 and selected for the Golden Tree International Film Festival in Frankfurt / Germany 2016.
Event and Venue Details
Date: Wednesday 13th of December, 2017Time: 7pmLocation: Sinology Institute campus (8 Shuangsi Hutong, Xicheng District) 西城区 双寺胡同8号
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