Nuns on ScreenNancy Tong, Visiting Associate Professor at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre, will screen her documentary, Trailblazers in Habits, October 7 at Hong Kong University’s Rayson Huang Theatre.

The film is an intimate portrait of a group of American nuns, the Maryknoll Sisters, who have accompanied the disenfranchised around the world in their struggle for social justice. It weaves together the nuns’ own accounts of imprisonment and personal struggle with rare archival footage and poignant reminisces from the beneficiaries of their work. Since its completion in 2013, the film has been screened in New York City, Toronto and Vancouver, and has raised over US$180,000 for the Maryknoll Sisters.

Tong is renowned for making the seminal film on the Nanjing Massacre, In the Name of the Emperor, which won the Special Jury Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 1995. She will be joined on a panel following the screening by Maureen Sabine, Honorary Professor in History at HKU, and author of Veiled Desires: Intimate Portrayals of Nuns in Postwar Anglo-American Film. Three Maryknoll sisters will also attend as special guests.

The screening and panel event, called “Nuns on Screen,” is being jointly sponsored by HKU’s
Journalism and Media Studies and the Women’s Studies Research Centre.

The screening runs from 5:30-6:45pm, followed by the panel from 7:00-8:00pm. All are welcome.

October 5, 2013

JMSC Professor to Screen New Documentary on Maryknoll Sisters

Nancy Tong, Visiting Associate Professor at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre, will screen her documentary, Trailblazers in Habits, October 7 at Hong Kong University’s Rayson Huang Theatre.
October 4, 2013

NUNS ON SCREEN – screening and panel

The “veil,” not unlike the “screen,” conceals as much as it reveals. While the veil typically defines the “nun” for all to see, it also hides her from view and can make her an object of mystery and inaccessibility—out of reach, out of touch, an anachronistic relic from out of the past. However, nuns are also hardworking modern women, who have made enormous sacrifices to heal the sick, teach, and offer spiritual as well as physical comfort to the afflicted. Screen depictions of religious women have included both extremes, but we seldom have the opportunity to contemplate these contradictions or look critically at the way in which nuns are depicted in the cinema (in commercial features as well as documentaries and experimental films). This panel addresses that by providing a forum for the consideration of two important new works on nuns—director Nancy Tong’s moving documentary film on the Maryknoll sisters, Trailblazers in Habits, and Maureen Sabine’s pioneering book on Hollywood’s fascination with nuns, Veiled Desires: Intimate Portrayals of Nuns in Postwar Anglo-American Film.
May 31, 2013

JMSC’s Nancy Tong Screens her Documentary on Maryknoll Sisters

The Maryknoll Mission sisters, an order established in early 20th century America, have travelled to exotic locations and have often been at the centre of important geopolitical events. A documentary about the order, Trailblazers in […]
March 17, 2013

Film by JMSC Professor Selected to be Screened at U.S. Film Festival

Trailblazers in Habits, a new documentary by JMSC Visiting Associate Professor Nancy Tong, has been accepted by the Sarasota Film Festival to be screened during its 2013 festival. “We’re absolutely thrilled about it”, said Tong, an […]