On 4th July 2018, ICEC organized a special screening of a documentary film “Guli’s Children” in New Delhi. His Excellency Zhang Jianxin, Cultural & Educational Counsellor, was the chief guest of the evening.
At the beginning of the event, filmmaker Dr. Joe Thomas Karackattu gave the audience a brief introduction about his research and experiences during the making of this documentary film.
The movie screening was followed by a warm speech given by the Cultural & Educational Counselor. He encouraged cultural exchanges between the two countries through initiatives like these. The event was then followed by a question and answers session in which scholars and diplomats participated.
Here is a little bit about the film:
Spanning over two years of research, and nearly 20000 kilometres of fieldwork across India and China, the film is a work of non-fiction. The film has been screened previously, on invitation, in the United States (at Yale University, NYU, DUKE University, SUNY Binghamton & the New School), Singapore (NUS), Denmark (University of Copenhagen) and in France (University of Sorbonne Nouvelle), apart from screenings across India and China (in Beijing and Shanghai).
Calicut (also known as GULI in Chinese) was an important node in the overall links between China and Kerala (south of India). The film brings out the cultural-historical ties, the physical artefacts and, most importantly, traces of human genealogy that survive between Kerala and China to this day.