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Plastic China =: Su Liao Wang Guo

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"Laughter of playing children echoes through vast rolling hills of plastic waste. This recycling plant is home to Pen and his daughter Yi Jie, who is desperate for an education; and boss Kun, determined to improve his family's lot. Over time, one man moves closer to prosperity, whilst the other stagnates in poverty. This poetic doc exposes the lives of those on the fringes of global capitalist realities, a far cry from the communist dream."--Container.
DVD
2017
Clemons (Stacks)
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Nong Jia le =: Peasant Family Happiness

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"Tourism in China today signifies many things. ... In the words of Dr. Stevan Harrell, Prof. of Anthropology at the Univ. of Washington, 'This colorful, entertaining, gently ironic documentary presents a vivid and sensitive portrait of a side of China that is little known outside the country: the world of ethnic tourism. In recent years, hundreds of millions of Chinese tourists, mostly city-dwellers, have used their newly increased incomes to travel. And many of the places they visit are ethnic minority villages in China's West and Southwest. They go there for the culture, for the scenery, for the clean air, for something different to see and do.'"--From http://www.berkeleymedia.com/catalog/berkeleymedia/films/anthropology_world_cultures/asian_pacific_studies/peasant_family_happiness [...]
DVD
2013; 2012
Clemons (Stacks)
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Oxhide II: Nui Pi Er

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"The Chinese director shows herself and her parents in their apartment only with fixed camera positions, with which she revolves around the kitchen table. The rigorously minimalist story emerges in real time: the time it takes to prepare and eat Chinese dumplings together."--Mubi.com.
DVD
2010; 2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Morning Sun: Ba Jiu Dian Zhong de Tai Yang

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This film attempts in the space of a two-hour documentary film to create an inner history of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (c.1964-1976). It provides a multi-perspective view of a tumultuous period as seen through the eyes--and reflected in the hearts and minds--of members of the high-school generation that was born around the time of the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, and that came of age in the 1960s. Others join them in creating in the film's conversation about the period and the psycho-emotional topography of high-Maoist China, as well as the enduring legacy of that period.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Shadow Circus: The CIA in Tibet

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Discusses how the CIA aided the Tibetan people in their war of resistance against the Chinese invasion during the 1950s and 60s.
DVD
 
Clemons (Stacks)
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Somewhere Between

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Presents the experiences of four teenage girls of Chinese birth adopted by families in the U.S. Examines questions of race and identity of the adoptees. The young women profiled investigate their origins.
DVD
2013; 2011
Clemons (Stacks)
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2 Million Minutes

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Examines the daily lives, pressures, and ambitions of six high school students in the US, China, and India, and their future prospects in the global economy.
BookDVD
2007
Clemons (Stacks)
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Mardi Gras: Made in China

Winner of twenty-one national and international awards, Mardi Gras: Made in China follows the path of Mardi Gras beads from the streets of New Orleans during Carnival - where revelers party and exchange beads for nudity - to the disciplined factories in Fuzhou, China - where teenage girls live and sew beads together all day and night. Blending curiosity with comedy, Mardi Gras: Made in China is the only film to explore how the toxic products directly affect the people who both make and consume them.
Online
2017; 2005
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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 [...]
Online
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 [...]
Online
2001
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China Revisited

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Lana Jokel, the filmmaker, was born in Shanghai to a privileged family that lived an enviable life style. When the Communists came to power the family fled, ultimately to Brazil where her father became a successful industrialist. Lana eventually was educated in America, where she now lives, but her search for roots brought her back to China. This beguiling film records her first visit back to the land of her birth and the relatives she left behind. With her camera in hand she embarks on a personal odyssey to rediscover China. Lana reunites with her sole surviving Auntie, who at 90 lives in a rundown apartment that she does not want to leave since her neighbors watch out for her. Lana finds cousins she never met, some who led difficult lives under the Communists, but others who are no [...]
Online
2006
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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 [...]
Online
2006
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Chinese Foot Binding: The Vanishing Lotus

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A pair of small feet -- three-inch golden lilies -- were once the male-designated yardstick for feminine beauty in China. A young girl s feet were broken and bound inwards along the instep, a process that caused excruciating pain. Systematically bound, day after day, the stunted feet began to take on the coveted look of that profoundly sensuous image, the lotus bulb. Today there are fewer than 400 women with bound feet among the 1.25 billion people of China. Most of them are over 80 years old. Some of these women tell us of the event that branded their lives with its singular mark. Once an erotic symbol of beauty and eligibility, the bound foot confronts us with a custom that subjugated women to a brutal beauty myth.
Online
2004
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In the Name of the Emperor

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This is the only American documentary film to examine the Rape of Nanjing, December 13, 1937, when the Japanese Imperial troops marched into this city in China. In just six weeks they murdered 300,000 civilians, and systematically raped and killed thousands of women. Today, the Japanese government continues to deny it ever happened. In the Name of the Emperor is a monument to the suffering of the Chinese at the hands of the Japanese during World War II. It weaves together rare footage of the Japanese occupation, diary entries from Americans who were there, and the eye witness accounts of surviving Japanese soldiers. Especially unique is the newly discovered film footage of the massacre shot by John McGee, an American missionary who was living in Nanjing. This footage was part of the [...]
Online
1997
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Inside the Campus

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American college students, who enjoy all the freedoms and possibilities provided by university life, may well wonder how students in China fare. This is a frank account of what it is like to be a college student in China, filmed by a French director who was allowed to shoot for one year at Nanjing Normal University, a large university of 40,000 students. On the surface, life is quite different there. Soon after a student settles in, a uniformed Communist party member enters the dorm and instructs to the smallest detail just how one s personal objects are to be placed, from how shoes are to lined up, to where toothbrushes are stored. The first few months are given over to marching in formation, indoctrination into party history and learning to chant military slogans. We see a party se [...]
Online
2008
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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. [...]
Online
2008