Brandon University will host a special screening of Iron Road this Thursday afternoon, with Professor Alison Marshall leading a short discussion and question-and-answer session after the film.
Iron Road is a Canadian movie directed by David Wu and starring Sun Li, Luke Macfarlane, Sam Neill and Peter O’Toole. It tells the story of a Chinese woman (Li) who disguises herself as a man to work on an explosives crew building a railroad in 1880s Canada. The movie showcases the dangerous work and anti-Chinese sentiment she’s faced with as the work and terrain gets more dangerous, and as she falls in love with the son of the railroad’s tycoon.
Dr. Marshall, who has written several books on Chinese-Canadian history, says that the movie, which debuted in 2009, is very mainstream but not normally available to the public.
It will be screened on Thursday afternoon, starting at 2:30 p.m., in the Brandon University Little Theatre, located in the basement of the Education Building. There are seats for several dozen in the room, but please arrive early to ensure a place. School classes or other groups that are interested in attending should contact Dr. Marshall at 204.727.7322 or MarshallA@BrandonU.ca to inquire about space.