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The West Kowloon Cultural District - Take 2; Movie Review - "To Each his Own Cinema" (Chacun a Son Cinema); Studio Performance - Master Santosh Dances Bharatanatyam (11 Dec 2007)

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In 1998, the then Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa mentioned in his Policy Address plans for a mega cultural district in West Kowloon. It had been suggested since the late 199s. The government's first proposal, which involved private investment from the property developers, met a storm of protest and was eventually shelved. In April 2006, the administration appointed a consultative committee on the project. Working with three advisory groups, the committee released a recommendation report in June of this year. For the past three months it's been open to public consultation. The consultation period ends tomorrow. How do you celebrate the 60th birthday of a film festival? Well, the president of the Cannes Film Festival Gilles Jacob decided to ask around thirty film directors to each express "their state of mind of the moment as inspired by the motion picture theatre." Just three minutes was allowed for each segment. The result is "To Each His Own Cinema," which recently had its Hong Kong premiere as part of the French Cinepanorama and is now on general release. Having misspent much of his own youth in movie theatres, Gary Pollard's been to see it. In our studio, Master Santosh introduces us to the Bharatanatyam dance form of Southern India, which dates back over 2,000 years. In the word "Bharatanatyam", "bha" means "bhava" or expression, "ra" stands for "raga" or melody, and "ta" is "tala" or rhythm. "Natyam" means dance.

Program: 
The Works
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Station: 
RTHK
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