Past Event

Hidden from History Series: Three American Women Directors

April 2, 2024 - April 18, 2024
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Beijing American Center

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Location: Beijing American Center, No. 55 An Jia Lou Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing (East Gate of the U.S. Embassy)

Language: English

Join the Columbia Global Center Beijing and the Beijing American Center for an extraordinary cinematic journey as we unveil the legacies of three pioneering women directors who defied the norms and carved their names in the annals of American film history.

Focusing on three female directors: Lois Webber, an influential director in the silent era; Ida Lupino, a popular actress who moved to directing in the late Forties; and Barbara Loden, another actress who became a director and was a key figure in the New American Cinema of the 1970s — the evolution of the role of women as filmmakers in American cinema will be explored in a series of three illustrated lectures by Richard Peña, Emeritus Professor of Film and Media Studies at Columbia School of the Arts.


Lecture I: The Cinematic Legacy of Lois Weber

April 2, 2024, 7PM (Beijing) | REGISTER

Lecture II: The Cinematic Legacy of Ida Lupino

April 11, 2024, 6:30PM (Beijing) | REGISTER

Lecture III: The Cinematic Legacy of Barbara Loden

April 18, 2024, 6:30PM (Beijing) | REGISTER



Richard Peña

Richard Peña is an Emeritus Professor of Film and Media Studies at Columbia University, where he specializes in film theory and international cinema. From 1988 to 2012, he was the Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Director of the New York Film Festival. At the Film Society, Richard Peña organized retrospectives of many film artists, including Michelangelo Antonioni, Sacha Guitry, Abbas Kiarostami, King Hu, Robert Aldrich, Roberto Gavaldon, Ritwik Ghatak, Kira Muratova, Fei Mu, Valerio Zurlini, Youssef Chahine, Yasujiro Ozu, Carlos Saura, Nagisa Oshima and Amitabh Bachchan, as well as major film series devoted to African, Israeli, Cuban, Polish, Hungarian, Spanish, Chinese, Arab, Korean, Swedish, Turkish, German, Italian and Argentine cinema.

In 1995, together with Unifrance, he created “Rendez-Vous with French Cinema,” the leading American showcase for new French cinema. A frequent lecturer on film internationally, in 2014-2015, he was a Visiting Professor in Brazilian Studies at Princeton; in 2015-2016 a Visiting Professor in Film Studies at Harvard; and in 2022 a Visiting Professor at La Sorbonne. He has also taught courses at Beijing University, Gedai Art Institute (Tokyo), la Universidad de Cine (Buenos Aires), the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the Universidad Catolica de Chile, and the University of São Paulo. In May, 2016, he was the recipient of the “Cathedra Bergman” award at the UNAM in Mexico City, where he offered a three-part lecture series “On the Margins of American Cinema.” He will be a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing in Spring, 2024.