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41.

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
42.

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
43.

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
44.

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
45.

Colonel Jin Xing

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Shanghai s principal dancer, 33-year-old Jin Xing, is a big star. She is the first choreographer to have received recognition in over half a century of national communism. But the most amazing thing about Jin Xing is that, up until 1995, this beautiful young woman was a man, a colonel in the People's Liberation Army. This is a richly cinematic film, combining the colorful imagery of Shanghai's dance world, the panoply of the Chinese People's Army, and the heart-felt expressiveness of the young Colonel who turned his longing to be a woman into a reality. He battled the rigidity of Communist bureaucrats until they relented and allowed the first sex change operation in China. The film interviews his female surgeon, and also follows Jin Xing?s setbacks and recovery. His mother, although [...]
Online
2003
46.

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
47.

Sparrow Village

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In a rural village of southwestern China a bevy of young girls yearn for an education. Their parents are poor and illiterate. It is difficult for them to scrape together the money to send their daughters to school in another village. The money for tuition, books, and room and board away from home is often more than parents can spare. We follow several as they make the weekly three-hour trek to the local school. Among the teachers there is only one female who is an inspiration to them all. She encourages them in their studies and challenges them to progress. But we also witness the pain of one family who simply cannot pay for their daughter s schooling. She must drop out and put off her dreams for a while. The son who is less talented is favored for schooling. Beautifully photographed [...]
Online
2003
48.

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 [...]
Online
2007
49.

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
50.

Helen Foster Snow: Witness to Revolution

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Helen Foster Snow, collaborator and wife of historian Edgar Snow, left Utah as an inexperienced 18-year old and threw herself into the turmoil of Revolutionary China. This engrossing documentary of her life allows us to view rare archival footage and photos of what she witnessed from 1931 until 1940, as China experienced devastating floods, famine, revolution, civil war and bombardment and invasion by the Japanese. For historians in both China and the U.S., her first-hand account of the Chinese Revolution in the mid-1930s.
Online
2001
51.

Pictorial Report Number 6.

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975. "Three reports in one: First, a look at ROTC; second the story of the many civilians who play a vital role in our defense effort; and third, the island of hope for millions of free Chinese -- Formosa."--National Archives and Records Administration.
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1953
52.

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 [...]
Online
2006
53.

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.
Online
1992
54.

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 [...]
Online
2008
55.

North Korea - Shadows and Whispers

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Since 1995 two million North Koreans have starved to death from famine. Hundreds of thousands of others have illegally crossed the border to China in search of food. This documentary, filmed in the remote northeast mountains of China, captures the dire circumstances of these refugees, who must subsist furtively in primitive caves, under floorboards and in basements. If caught they will be sent back and put to death. Families have been torn apart. Many North Korean refugees have had to hand their children over to Chinese orphanages where the children will at least get enough to eat and an education. Or they have been forced to give their children up for adoption. The stories are heart-rending. One family had to leave their five year old in an orphanage as he wailed "don t leave me." O [...]
Online
2001
56.

Rep. Walter H. Judd (R-MN)

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Online
1951
57.

Democracy in China [electronic resource]: Billion Small Voices

In China, where approximately 80 percent of the population is rural, the impact of democratic village elections could reshape the future of the nation. Although some Chinese are skeptical, many believe that establishing democracy at the local level will pave the way for a democratic national government. This program focuses on the efforts of The Carter Center to support China's initiative by inviting Chinese delegates to observe U.S. primaries and by sending emissaries to China to assist in the mechanics of gathering and tabulating votes. In its post-Mao effort to catch up economically with other nations, China is opening the door to Western ways and attempting to take its place in the growing Global Village.
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2006; 1998
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China [electronic resource]: Dance Around Golden Calf

As China continues to experiment with Western-style economics, many city dwellers already enjoy the prerogatives of a market economy. But how will China feed itself as more and more farmers flee their land for the allure of urban living? This program seeks to understand the effects of economic reform on Chinese society, from the villages to the cities. Will cultural values and the traditional arts and sciences retain their importance as China makes its bid for first-world status, or will they and the rest of the old China be swept away by Western attitudes, a burgeoning middle-class, and the country's new identity as a nascent economic powerhouse?
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2006; 1997
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The New Leap Forward [electronic resource]: Chinese Communist Party in 21st Century

Thanks to reforms first enacted by Jiang Zemin and others, Chinese communism has adopted some remarkably capitalistic ideologies. This landmark program documents the transformation of the Chinese Communist Party as, in its efforts to advance the nation's manufacturing power and extend the benefits of Party membership, it inducts a previously banned member segment: private entrepreneurs. But can the new Communist Party still be called Marxist?
Online
2006; 2003
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Hutong [electronic resource]: Alleyways of Change in Contemporary Beijing

As Beijing prepares for the 2008 Olympics, most of the hutong-the city's small traditional dwellings and the network of lanes and alleys formed by them-are being demolished to make room for skyscrapers. This program explores social and cultural changes in historical Beijing, as seen in the life of a few ordinary citizens who still live in the hutong. The program includes computer models of the designing of ancient Beijing City.
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2006; 2002