Better AngelsVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Asia Society Documentary Film Series
Evening Screening and Post-Screening Discussion
Screening & Discussion 6:00pm
Cocktail Reception 8:15pm
"Better Angels" is a theatrical documentary film written and directed by two-time Academy Award winner Malcolm Clarke, produced by William Mundell and Han Yi, and executive produced by Li S.M. and Qiao Ling. Produced over three years, shot on four continents and made with the participation of three US Secretaries of State, "Better Angels" features compelling encounters with some of the world’s most iconic thought leaders in the arena of Sino-US relations: Henry Kissinger, James Baker, Madeleine Albright and Kevin Rudd; and from China, C.H. Tung, Cheng Siwei, Ronnie C. Chan and General Qiao Liang — all of whose observations frame intimate portraits of educators and entrepreneurs, farmers and factory workers, movie moguls and small town mayors; all of them reaching out across the physical and metaphorical distances that separate two countries and cultures, each one learning more about their counterparts, colleagues and competitors from that other country — half a world away. Join the screening and post-screening discussion with director Malcolm Clarke, producers William Mundell and Han Yi as well as co-hosts of the evening Neil Shen, Adrian Cheng and Vincent Cheng.
Malcolm Clarke began his career at the BBC and subsequently joined Granada TV's “World in Action” series, assigned to investigate the death of South African political activist Steven Biko. This resulted in “The Life and Death of Steve Biko”. After winning the Monte Carlo Film Festival, Mr. Clarke produced and directed for ABC’s “Close-Up” Documentary Unit. During his career, he has been awarded an Emmy, two Oscars and three Ace Awards, including “The Lady in Number Six”, which won an Academy Award for Best Short Subject Documentary.
Han Yi is an award-winning film producer, with expertise in international co-production and distribution of China-related independent films. She previously was an anchor and news reporter for Sichuan TV and China Central Television. Ms. Han directed and produced “The Medicine Man of the Mountain” and co-produced “Last Train Home”, which won Best Documentary, and Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting at the Emmy Awards. She produced “China Heavyweight”, which won Best Documentary at Milan International Film Festival.
William Mundell is Chairman of IKM, which provides web-based knowledge assessment. He was chair of ZZB Energy Corporation, a New York stock exchange alternative energy company. Mr. Mundell served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Vidyah Inc., a company that created second generation e-learning. In 2010, Mr. Mundell executive produced “Gerrymandering”, a documentary on the use of gerrymandering to fix elections and protect incumbents, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Neil Shen is Founding and Managing Partner of Sequoia China. He is Co-Founder of Ctrip.com and Homeinns Hotel Group. Mr. Shen serves as Council Member of the Chief Executive’s Council of Advisers on Innovation and Strategic Development, Governor of Our Hong Kong Foundation, Member of Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council and Trustee of Asia Society. Mr. Shen is the highest ranking Chinese investor on Forbes Midas List for 2012-2018 — topping the list in 2018, a first for a Chinese national — and listed in "100 Greatest Living Business Minds" by Forbes.
Adrian Cheng is Executive Vice-Chairman and General Manager of New World Development. He is also Founder of K11 and K11 Art Foundation, and Culture For Tomorrow. He is Board Member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Member of the M+ Board and M+ Acquisitions Committee, and Trustee of Royal Academy of Arts, and various acquisition committees with TATE and Centre Pompidou. Mr. Cheng was awarded the French distinction of Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2017.
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