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The Hong Kong Jockey Club Art Education and Female Empowerment Series “Painting Her Way: The Ink Art of Fang Zhaoling" Screening Series

Evening Screening and Skype Q and A
Registration 6:30pm
Screening 6:45pm 
Q and A 9:00pm
Close 9:15pm


English Vinglish is a comedy drama that revolves around the story of a woman, Shashi, who does not know how to speak English and is made to feel insecure by her family and society at large. When Shashi is called upon to fly to New York City — solo — to help her sister arrange her niece’s wedding, she is terrified. Once in New York, the Hindi-speaking Shashi is faced with ever-mounting humiliations. From this point onwards, Shashi has an unwavering ambition to learn to English and overcome this insecurity and uses her strength and determination to try and obtain her goal of mastering the English language while teaching the world a lesson on the way to becoming a self-assured and confident woman

After the film screening, the audience will be invited to participate in a Skype Q and A session with the film's writer and director, Gauri Shinde.


As part of The Jockey Club Art Education and Female Empowerment Series "Painting Her Way: The Ink Art of Fang Zhaoling" Screening Series, Asia Society Hong Kong Center is delighted to bring together a selection of films and documentaries that focus on themes of women’s empowerment, highlighting women who, like Fang Zhaoling, have gone to great lengths to achieve success.

Gauri Shinde has directed over 100 TV commercials for well-known brands and is the director of documentaries On Kashmir, and Leh & Ladakh. She wrote and directed short film Oh Man (2003), and directed short film Y Not (2005) and her first feature film was English Vinglish followed by Dear Zindagin in 2012 and 2016 respectively. She has been invited to attend several film festivals, from Berlin International Film Festival to Stuttgart Film Festival, River to River Florence Film Festival and Femme Fetal Women’s Film Festival. Ms. Shinde received a diploma in filmmaking from the New York Film Academy, and a diploma in French from the Alliance Francais. She later obtained her master’s in English Literature from Poona University as well as a masters diploma in mass communication from the Symbiosis Institute.


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Event Details

Fri 27 Oct 2017
6:45pm - 9:00pm

Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Free admission. Online registration required.