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1.

Beauty in China

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These days, ambitious young women in China feel they have to Westernize their appearance through plastic surgery in order to get ahead. They undergo lengthy, painful, and expensive surgery and hospitalization, often financed by their parents who can ill afford it. To accomplish the "right look," they visit surgeons to have their legs lengthened, their eyes westernized and their breasts enlarged. Some of the women end up with terrible physical problems as a result. It is a startling fact that every week some 16,000 Chinese undergo face surgery. The film includes a beauty contest for "Miss Nip & Tuck," in which all the contestants are women who have had plastic surgery. Many of their families have spent their life savings to pay for this investment in their daughters. The winner s fami [...]
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2008
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Death on the Silk Road

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This extraordinary undercover report from China exposes the suffering of thousands of Chinese whose lives have been destroyed by nuclear testing. It presents exclusive evidence from inside China of spiraling levels of cancer and birth deformities among the population of Xinjiang province - part of the Great Silk Road - which was opened to tourists in 1985. Up until 1996, China had carried out extensive nuclear tests in the Zinjiang province, which is in the northwest corner of China, bordering Kazakhstan. But Xinjiang is not unpopulated and isolated, as was Bikini Atoll. The filmmakers interviewed both victims and the doctors who are struggling to cope with their medical problems in the region s hospitals. The documentary reveals that the tests were carried out under highly dangerous [...]
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2001
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China: One Child Policy

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In 1980, the Communist Government of China instituted a policy of one child per family as a means of curtailing population growth. Now, the success or failure of this highly controversial social experiment can be assessed. In this comprehensive report, correspondent John Taylor journeyed from the high rise flats of middle class Beijing to the poor farms of the Chinese countryside to see the effect of this policy. Population growth has been slowed, but this success has come at enormous social cost. Many families have suffered greatly under the policy, from forced abortions to political coercion and heavy fines. Liu Shuling, a poor farmer s wife with two children says: "After having one baby, when people tried to have a second one, if you didn t have money, they would pull down your ho [...]
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2006
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The Secret of My Success

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We meet Lu Guo Hua, a wheeler dealer who uses his position as birth control officer to be the local political power broker. When the village head chastizes him for overlooking a villager's third pregnancy, Lu Guo Hua retaliates by opposing the village head s re-election. The film gives an insider s view of the beginnings of democratic politics in a village in northeastern China.
Online
2003
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This Happy Life

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Mr. Fu is head of passenger affairs at Zhengzhou, one of China s busiest railroad stations. His working life is chaotic and his private life traumatic. His first wife died as a result of a compulsory abortion, enforced by China's one child policy, leaving Mr. Fu to bring up their eighteen month-old baby son himself. His second marriage is an unhappy one and during the filming his son, now fourteen years old, decides to leave him and join the army. This intimate portrait of Mr. Fu and his colleagues is tragic, deeply moving and sometimes hilarious.
Online
2003
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Xiao's Long March

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China has a standing army of more than one million men. For eighteen year old Xiao Zhenning, a poor boy from a provincial town, unemployed and fed up with life in his parents two room apartment, the Red Army is a place of last resort. As Xiao says ruefully: "With no college education and no job, there is nowhere else to go." The film follows Xiao through his last listless days with his nagging parents in their tiny apartment and into his three months basic training with the Red Army. He learns things about himself and his "place" in China s so called classless society, which both surprise, upset and ultimately liberate him.
Online
2003
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The Gate of Heavenly Peace, Tiananmen Square, June 4th, 1989

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With startling immediacy, this short film captures the shock and horror the Chinese students experienced when government troops opened fire on them in Tiananmen Square. We hear students rallying for democracy just moments before they were to be gunned down. Skillfully compiled from still photographs smuggled out of China, eyewitness accounts, and news sound tracks, it recreates this tragic event in Chinese history. This unforgettable document will remind Americans that the dream of democracy does not come without sacrifice. From high school students studying world events to "Asia watchers" at universities, this film is a must.
Online
1991
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China Upside Down

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In 1992, Deng Xiaoping's infamous slogan "it is glorious to get rich" unleashed one of the biggest revolutions in the thousand year-old country of China. Deng threw the "classless society" and the" equal division of the means of production" to the wind. As the narrator says, "You can smell money everywhere." Foreigners are no longer suspect. Since 1992 China's "socialism" has adapted to the entrepreneurial spirit. Success stories abound, but in the Chinese cultural tradition, it is often the family, rather than the individual, which achieves success. This film profiles several families who rose from subsistence incomes to fabled luxury through the inventiveness and ambition of the extended family. In 1992, the Li family founded a stone-carving business with a small amount of capital. [...]
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2008
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Love Songs of the Miao in China

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This richly photographed film captures the lifestyle of the Miao who live deep in the mountains of southern China. The Miao preserve the traditions of the past, unaffected by the changes of modern China. The Miao s courtship rituals are particularly interesting, because of the importance placed on love songs. We watch the young men and women woo one another with their soulful songs. Each year there is a regional festival called Pa-po-jeh where the young go in search of marriage partners from another village. The film focuses on a seventeen-year-old girl who attends the festival, and her family's every day life within their village. This is a rare opportunity to see life in a remote area of China.
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1993
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The Lost Magic of the Shanghai Art Studios

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At the end of the 1950's, the Shanghai Art Studios were among the most important in the world. They employed 500 workers and were acclaimed all over China. In "The Lost Magic of the Shanghai Art Studios," numerous beautiful film extracts, paintings and drawings illustrate that the Shanghai Studio's creativity was comparable to the work of the Disney Studio, but reflected a more delicate sensibility. The studio chief, Wang Laiming, had begun working on a full-length animation, "The Monkey King," which was to become the masterpiece of Asian animation. A labor of love, it was finally completed after ten years, in 1965. But that was at the dawn of the Cultural Revolution. Wang Laiming and the film's director, Te Wei, were arrested by the Red Guards, along with many other designers, and i [...]
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2007
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Women in China

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Women in China is a timely two-part documentary on the conditions of women in today's economically -oriented Chinese society. By visiting four diverse parts of China, it provides a representative view of the opportunities and living conditions of Chinese women today. The first part focuses on Bejing where we meet a successful women s rock group. Although the group is not officially accepted, these emancipated women are popular among the young both there and abroad. Kang Rui, once a member of Mao s People s Army talks about life as a young female soldier during the Civil War. One of the city s most successful women is Wan Wen Ying, head of a major department store. We also observe activities at a women's crisis center, which is a new phenomenon in today's more open China. The second p [...]
Online
1997
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30 Seconds of Gold: Advertising on Chinese TV

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Once a year, about one hundred companies seeking dominant positions in China's booming economy, compete in an auction for television advertising time. They face off on CCTV, China's most watched (and only national) network, serving the 400 million television owners in China. The companies know they cannot afford to miss out on the make- or-break advertising slots. This film reveals China's hectic embrace of market economics presenting a close look at the TV ad auction and the companies bidding. The Longliqi cosmetics and toiletries company, the largest of its kind in China, employs 30,000 people and projects annual sales of US $19 billion by 2019. Understanding the importance of national TV advertising, Longliqi recently spent US $47.6 million for prime time ads on CCTV and cut its r [...]
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2006
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Bridge of Winds

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This film takes us to a remote part of Yunan province in China where the Lisu people have lived for generations in a village carved out of a steep mountain gorge. Their only contact with the outside world is made by crossing a wild, rushing river. They matter-of-factly use a rope to tie themselves to a pulley which traverses a slender cable over the gorge. We watch them negotiate this aerial transport laden with wares bound for market. Even the village teacher, his body dangling over the turbulent river, is transported in this fashion. The Lisu cheerily battle the elements to go about their daily tasks, raising rice and corn and keeping livestock. Although it is a challenging lifestyle, their mutual support and close family ties sustain their spirits.
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1992
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Pollution in China

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Since the economic reforms of the 1980s, runaway economic growth has turned China into a major creator of pollution. While the Chinese government ineffectually tries to grapple with its growing environmental problems, rising discontent among the masses augurs political changes. The film shows the city of Chongqing on the Yangzte River, to be one of the most industrialized and polluted areas in China. Drinking water for the local population is precarious at best. Some 360 million Chinese find themselves in similar circumstances. One entrepreneur lost 450 tons of fish -- and his business -- as the result of illegal dumping. Six years of legal action against the polluting industry have come to nothing. He complains that during the case, the corrupt authorities made his life hell. Hu Jia [...]
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2008
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War of Love

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Beijing social worker Hu Yanping and her friend nurse Liu Xian spend all their evenings and weekends running an amateur dating agency. The agency flourishes in a social climate where China's new career women discover that their new found wealth and independence is threatening to many men, making it harder to find husbands. In sharp contrast to her dating service, social worker Hu Yanping spends her working day as a lawyer dealing with women victims of marital breakdown and domestic violence.
Online
2003
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The Chinese Hospice

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In Bejing stands the only hospital in China to specialize in allowing people approaching the end of their lives to die with dignity. It was established ten years ago by Dr. Li Wei, who had been a barefoot doctor in the countryside during the Cultural Revolution. He saw much hardship during those years and vowed to help some of those people who survived. Compared to a Western hospital, this is a simple, basic facility. Care and respect permeates the atmosphere. Each of the elderly patients embodies the history of his or her generation. Entwined with their stories is film footage illustrating the turbulent times through which they lived. By focusing on the stories of a few people nearing the end of life, The Chinese Hospice lends a personal face to history.
Online
2000
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Love and Sex in China

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As China changes at an awesome rate, becoming more industrialized, urban and westernized, this film explores how this has impacted traditional relationships between men and women. Our guide is a young journalist, Yang Li Ne, whose parents have just divorced and whose own marriage is unraveling. She speaks about love and sex with young Bejingers, as well as older couples from the villages. Many of the young are afraid of commitment and are cynical about love and marriage. Money, not love, they say, is the basis for marriage. Prostitution is rampant; an estimated 6% of the national revenue comes from prostitution. Older couples reflect on the vanishing traditions that have given their marriages stability. A young gay man who was hesitant to be identified describes the homophobia in Chi [...]
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2008
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No Sex, No Violence, No News

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This unique film examines the battle raging to control China's airwaves. Working with a government that allows nothing of social or political import to be broadcast, entrepreneurs from Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia bring their full complement of consumerism and mindless entertainment to the millions or Chinese greedy for a glimpse of the outside world. Prof. Leonard Chu of Hong Kong Baptist University sees the arrival of television to the villages of China as a positive development, even with its limited programming. He applauds the new openness, providing a "window on the world." On the other hand, we hear from the director of Shanghai Communications whose only interest is in selling. He sees television solely as a tool for promoting Chinese products in their developing market [...]
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2001
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The Trash Trade: Selling Garbage to China

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Japanese waste is turning into gold in the hands of Chinese dealers who extract valuable metal and plastic from mountains of scrap. The rubbish is carefully disassembled in China, then made into new cars and clothes that are shipped back to Japan. This international recycling system appears to kill two huge birds with one stone. China s lack of resources and Japan's rubbish problem. But, there is a problem. Japan s own recycling industry is running out of raw materials, and it s on the brink of collapse. And not all Japanese trash is welcome. Discarded computers are making their way onto the black market in China, and contributing to pollution. Recycling is regarded as the keystone of sustainability, but is recycling itself sustainable?
Online
2006
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To Live Is Better Than to Die

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This is a heartbreaking story from Wenlou, a small village in central China, where 60% of the villagers are infected with HIV. There are at least 250,000 people in seven provinces in central China who were infected as a result of a blood donor program in the early nineties. Impoverished peasants sold their blood to clinics that used unsanitary gathering methods. Nevertheless, the government does not offer any help or compensation, and has supressed protests from the villagers with force. China's health care system has fared poorly in the transition from socialism to capitalism. This is especially evident in the villages. The director spent months in Wenlou with farmer Ma Shengyi and his family. Ma Shengyi, his wife and two of their three children are all infected. He brings to the sc [...]
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2003