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Exchange Student Chua Swee-Lin

Saturday, Nov 12, 2022 at 2:30 pm

Location: Bartos Screening Room

Dir. Noriaki Tsuchimoto. 1965, 51 min. 16mm. In Japanese with English subtitles. Tsuchimoto’s first independently produced film focuses on a captivating Malaysian expatriate student (seeking refuge at Japan’s Chiba University) whose political outspokenness has raised the specter of deportation. Tsuchimoto follows Swee-Lin as his case intersects with Japan’s burgeoning student activist movement and the contemporary politics of Japan and Asia writ large. In a case of art influencing life, Exchange Student Chua Swee-Lin catalyzed a campaign—eventually successful—to keep Swee-Lin in Japan. A trenchant record of student organizing, the film exerted a powerful influence on Tsuchimoto’s revolutionary-minded peers, notably Shinsuke Ogawa.

With the purchase of a ticket for this film, receive $5 off another same-day screening.

Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.