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AsiaLENS: Denise Ho – Becoming the Song Virtual Screening

  • Event Date: Friday, November 5, 2021–Friday, November 12, 2021
  • Time: 5:00 pm (CDT)
  • Location: Online
  • Cost: Free, registration required

Virtual Screening

Friday, November 5, 2021, 5:00 pm–Friday, November 12, 2021, 5:00 pm

(A link to view view the film will be emailed to registered participants on 11/5/2021.)

Online Filmmaker Discussion

Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 4:00 pm via Zoom


Registration is required for both the online viewing and online conversation, and the viewing link and password will be included in the Zoom registration confirmation email.


This event is sponsored by AEMS and co-sponsored by the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures.

This event is supported by the US Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) Program.

About the Film

Denise Ho – Becoming the Song profiles the openly gay Hong Kong singer and human rights activist Denise Ho. Drawing on unprecedented, years-long access, the film explores her remarkable journey from commercial Cantopop superstar to outspoken political activist, an artist who has put her life and career on the line to support the determined struggle of Hong Kong citizens to maintain their identity and freedom. (Sue Williams and Helen Siu, 2020. United States. 83 minutes)

About the Filmmaker

Sue Williams has produced and directed five critically acclaimed, feature documentaries about China for national PBS broadcast, including Frontline. Contemporary China features prominently in her most recent film, Death by Design. Sue also directed two highly praised biographies on Eleanor Roosevelt and Mary Pickford for the PBS series, American Experience. Her films have been broadcast in more than 25 countries and appeared in festivals around the world; they have won numerous awards, including the Cine Golden Eagle, two International Film & Video Festival Awards, Chris Awards and two Edgar Dale Awards for Best Screenwriting.

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Please note that this program does NOT take place at the Spurlock Museum.
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For further information on this event, contact Katya Reno at or (217) 244-8483

All participants are welcome. To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at or (217) 244-5586.