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Jin Song You Yuan de Duo Yin: Distant Tower Bells

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"Pagodas were first built as places to memorialize and worship the Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. After Buddhism's spread to China, this traditional structure was combined with Chinese architecture to form a distinctive new kind of pagoda native to china. Shanxi Province has long been known as the "Land of Ancient Pagodas," and is still home to 485 ancient pagodas representing a wide spectrum of forms and styles. Pagodas at Buddhist temples and famous sacred mountains not only are beautiful parts of the landscape, they have played important roles in the popularization of Buddhism. Many of the pagodas in Shanxi feature shapes and functions unmatched in all of China" -- Container.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Mongolia [electronic resource]: Wrestling With Change

Close to the Russian border, far removed from Mongolia's polluted and overcrowded capital city of Ulaanbaatar, an ancient herding culture fights to maintain its identity-and its survival. This program examines the nomadic communities of the Mongolian plains and their resistance to change, despite growing pressure on many herders to modernize and migrate to urban areas. Viewers meet some who hold fast to the old ways and some who have already moved to the city, even though they long for the open landscape and acknowledge that "a Mongolian without a horse is like a bird without wings." Scholar Tsedev Dojoo further explores the impact of Mongolia's new emphasis on commercial agriculture, mineral extraction, and other industries.
Online
2010; 2009
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Making Mao [electronic resource]

When the Communist Party took over China in 1949, it engineered a massive propaganda campaign to promote a worker's utopia and make Mao Zedong a god. This program examines the creation of the Mao-centered iconography that permeated the visual, performing, and popular arts as China struggled through its brutal metamorphosis into a modern nation. Artists relate the experience of being forced to work in the Soviet-inspired style that fueled the leader's popularity, as the video tracks Mao's image from revolutionary symbol to its appropriation for kitschy pop art.
Online
2009
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Tibet [electronic resource]: A Buddhist Trilogy

Hailed for its accurate portrayal of a society whose ancient ways survived intact into the 20th century, this documentary, released in 1979, takes viewers to the heart of an ancient Buddhist culture with an in-depth exploration of Tibetan spirituality and daily life. Segment one, The Dalai Lama, the Monasteries, and the People, begins by observing Tibetan monks engaged in spirited metaphysical debate, revealing the everyday life of the Dalai Lama before he was widely known in the West in his dual role as political leader and spiritual teacher. Segment two, Radiating the Fruit of Truth, moves deeper into the inner world of monastic life, powerfully revealing the essence of tantric Buddhism as it follows the monks of Phulwary Sakya Monastery through their contemplative retreats, the bu [...]
Online
2006
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Jin Ri Changjiang San Jiao Zhou: One Day in the Yangtze Delta

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Located at the western coast of the Pacific Ocean and the south of the Yangtze River, the Yangtze Delta is composed of fifteen cities in China, including Suzhou, Hangzhou, and Shanghai. With neighboring areas, diverse cultures, mutually complementary economies, and close relationships among people, the region is descended from the Wu and Yue Culture. The street scenes and people's lives here reflect the unique customs and culture of the south of China. It is also a region with the densest population, fastest economic development, largest economic scale, and most potential for further development. This documentary represents the economic and social development in the region through the activities in one day of several characters living in Yangtze Delta -- Container.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Jin Song You Yuan de Duo Yin: Distant Tower Bells

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"Pagodas were first built as places to memorialize and worship the Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. After Buddhism's spread to China, this traditional structure was combined with Chinese architecture to form a distinctive new kind of pagoda native to china. Shanxi Province has long been known as the "Land of Ancient Pagodas," and is still home to 485 ancient pagodas representing a wide spectrum of forms and styles. Pagodas at Buddhist temples and famous sacred mountains not only are beautiful parts of the landscape, they have played important roles in the popularization of Buddhism. Many of the pagodas in Shanxi feature shapes and functions unmatched in all of China" -- Container.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Unwinking Gaze [electronic resource]: Inside Story of Dalai Lama's Struggle for Tibet

Filmed over the course of three years, this documentary offers viewers unprecedented access to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his inner circle as they work together to convince the Chinese government of the need for a negotiated settlement on the future of Tibet. The result is a truly unique portrait of a widely revered world leader as he struggles to strike a balance between his spiritual beliefs and the realpolitik required to draw an extremely reluctant China into discussion. The Unwinking Gaze is not three years in the life of the Dalai Lama; it is his life's work condensed into three years.
Online
2009; 2008
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The Chinese Bubble [electronic resource]: Predictions and Perspectives

Has China circumvented the economic woes of America and Europe, or is the "Chinese miracle" headed for similar implosions in its housing and financial markets? For answers, this film seeks out the opinions of several Chinese commentators-from respected economists who offer complex analysis to ordinary Beijing citizens who describe their day-to-day struggles with the country's rapid changes. Real estate tycoon Feng Lun, one of the world's most successful developers, is also featured, insisting that opportunities are equal for all in China. But more nuanced views come from a taxi driver, a car salesman, and a construction worker, as well as from Dr. Wang Jianmao of the China Europe International Business School and Shanghai-based economist Dr. Andy Xie.
Online
2011
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True Believers [electronic resource]: Religion in Today's China

China is on the rise economically, but the post-Mao era has also seen an increasing hunger for something beyond material prosperity. From the novice Daoist monk honing tai chi skills atop a sacred mountain to the uncountable worshippers of the underground house church movement, this program reports on modern China's emboldened-yet still cautious-religious population. In the city of Wenzhou, evangelical pastor Zheng Datong agrees to be interviewed, despite secret police looking on. Pastor Samuel Lamb, another lightening rod for security surveillance, insists that "oppression simply leads to more believers," while Pastor Joseph Gu, leader of a mainstream Three-Self Patriotic Movement church, describes the rapid growth of his congregation. For a much different yet equally spiritual pers [...]
Online
2011
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The Knowledge of Healing

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The first feature documentary dealing extensively with Tibetan medicine, which is based on Buddhist principles and developed over two millenia.
DVD
1996
Clemons (Stacks)