In the Show: 17th June 2009

In Hong Kong this year, to mark World Refugee Day on June 20th, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has organised fund-raising concerts, a refugee run and a film festival to remind the public of the problems refugees face throughout the world.

Starting this Sunday and running for a week, the Refugee Film Festival features six films telling different stories of the plight of these millions of people. We talk to a representative of the UNHCR about the movies on show, and about their work.

In contrast to those movies, “Duplicity” is not aiming to be anything but entertaining. Directed and written by Tony Gilroy who previously wrote the screenplays for the Bourne trilogy and directed Michael Clayton, it’s a romantic comedy that harkens back to the screwball comedies of the thirties. It’s about two former rival spies who have now joined forces to make money in corporate spying. Or have they? In the fact that neither they nor we are entirely sure of the answer to that question lies much of the movie’s fun. Our reviewer Gary Pollard, who was a big admirer of “Michael Clayton” was a little disappointed by this one.

Yu Dan, a professor at China’s Beijing Normal University, is now a household name in mainland China. Her best-seller, “Confucius from the Heart: Ancient Wisdom for Today’s World” has sold more than 10 million copies.  Now it’s been translated and published in English. The foreign rights have been sold to 19 countries. But while it’s popular with the public, academics accuse her of presenting a watered-down, and just plain wrong, version of the sage’s wisdom.

In our studio tonight representatives of Concerto Da Camera tell us about their annual concert. Director, bassoonist and organiser Karen Yeung introduces violinist Wilson Chu, accordionist Ouyang Fang, and dancers Edith and Kamong of “Let’s Tango” to perform Carlos Gardel’s “Por Una Cabeza”.



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