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Chalk Girl

A protester at the heart of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement. Two years since being arrested, the 16-year-old must decide whether to rejoin the battle alongside the '"localist" youth. As elections loom, Chalk Girl is torn between wanting to respect her family, who are concerned about the risks of her activism, and standing up to Chinese interference. Young localists see themselves as being in a fight to save their beloved city, and in the middle of it all, Chalk Girl is just a teenager wanting to feel part of something bigger.
2018; 2017

China, One Million Artists

China has been the biggest art seller in the entire world since 2012. Yet they remain relatively unknown compared to these numbers. Who are these artists? What drives them and how do they circumvent censorship? Contemporary Chinese art took off spectacularly after Mao’s death. Artists have revisited Western art and some have hijacked communist propaganda, supplementing it with a vitriolic critic of western consumerism currently sweeping the country. Art is well placed to observe the excesses of Chinese society and it has become the flag bearer for aspirations to freedom. These contemporary works symbolize people’s wounds and hardships, as well as state violence. Although two artists—Basquiat and Koons—account for 50% of the American market, China has placed 47 artists in the top 100— [...]

Background to China's Communist Revolution

This program traces the rise of nationalism in China under the Kuomintang leadership of Sun Yat-Sen and Chiang Kai-Shek, and the emergence of the Communist Chinese Party under Mao Zedong. The causes of China's political stability are explored from the declining years of the Qing dynasty through to the Wuchang Uprising, the White Terror and the infamous Long March.
2017; 2015

Inside China 5: China - Rich and Poor

A big principle of socialism is equality, but China’s new society has glaring inequalities. This program looks at these inequalities and China's growing middle class and considers conditions in rural China.
2017; 2014

The Great Wall, China

In about 220 B.C., under Qin Shin Huang, sections of fortifications which had been built earlier were joined together to form a united defense system against invasions from the north. Construction continued up to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), when the Great Wall became the world's largest military structure. Its historic and strategic importance is matched only by its architectural value.
2017; 1996

The Chinese World Order

For some time now, the establishment of the World Bank and IMF has had a Chinese counterpart: AIIB, which China intends to use to finance a huge infrastructure project to connect Asia and Europa, a New Silk Route. This new international financial institution forces Europe to take a side. The UK decided, against the urgent advice from the United States, to become a member, and also the Netherlands has joined the Chinese initiative. According to China watcher Martin Jacques, this is the beginning of a new Chinese world order. VPRO Backlight investigated what the Chinese modernity of the 21st century looks like. Because we might as well get used to it. As the football club ADO in The Hague knows only too well.
2017; 2016

TEDTalks: Angela Wang—How China Is Changing the Future of Shopping

China is a huge laboratory of innovation, says retail expert Angela Wang, and in this lab, everything takes place on people's phones. Five hundred million Chinese consumers—the equivalent of the combined populations of the US, UK and Germany—regularly make purchases via mobile platforms, even in brick-and-mortar stores. What will this transformation mean for the future of shopping? Learn more about the new business-as-usual, where everything is ultra-convenient, ultra-flexible and ultra-social.
2018; 2017

Historic Center of Macao, China

Macao, a lucrative port of strategic importance in the development of international trade, was under Portuguese administration from the mid-16th century until 1999, when it came under Chinese sovereignty. With its historic residential, religious and public Portuguese and Chinese buildings, the historic center of Macao provides a unique testimony to the meeting of aesthetic, cultural, architectural and technological influences from East and West. The site also contains a fortress and a lighthouse, which is the oldest in China. The site bears testimony to one of the earliest and longest-lasting encounters between China and the West based on the vibrancy of international trade.
2017; 2007

Inside China 7: Environmental Timebomb?

This program explores environmental issues in China, from the air and water crisis to discussions of renewable energy.
2017; 2014

End of the West

For 300 years European culture has dominated the world stage. But In 2014 China became the world's largest economy. India is hot on its heels. Their cultural and political influence will follow. Can we find a way to stay at the leading edge of global culture? Or is the brief European age coming to a close? The Panel HSBC Chief Economist and author of Losing Control, Stephen King, Labour politician Clare Short and Canadian political philosopher Will Kymlicka dispute the world's future.
2017; 2015

The Terracotta Warriors of the First Qin Emperor, China

No doubt thousands of statues still remain to be unearthed at this archaeological site, which was not discovered until 1974. Qin (d. 210 B.C.), the first unifier of China, is buried—surrounded by the famous terracotta warriors—at the center of a complex designed to mirror the urban plan of the capital, Xianyan. The small figures are all different; with their horses, chariots and weapons, they are masterpieces of realism and also of great historical interest.
2017; 2005

Bill Moyers Journal: Philip Pan on China / Middleclass Squeeze

In this program, Bill Moyers and Philip Pan—foreign correspondent and former Beijing bureau chief for The Washington Post and author of Out of Mao’s Shadow: The Struggle for the Soul of a New China—discuss controversial aspects of China’s emergence as an economic powerhouse as the 2008 Summer Olympics come to a close. And as the 2008 Democratic National Convention prepares to open, the Journal travels to Denver to see firsthand how tough economic times are hitting suburban communities. Broadcast date: August 22, 2008. (58 minutes)
2016; 2008

Aspects of Peking Opera

This video examines martial arts of the traditional Peking Opera, looking specifially at how the performer creates scenes by body movements, rather than with props.Hu Hung-yen, Chinese dancer, begins with a demonstration of Peking opera make-up and then performs various dance patterns and presents a scene from The Butterfly Dream and the Scarf Dance.
2017; 1980

The Forbidden City, China

Seat of supreme power for over five centuries, the Forbidden City, with its landscaped gardens and many buildings whose thousands of rooms contain furniture and works of art, constitutes a priceless testimony to Chinese civilization during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
2017; 1997

Inside China 3: Politics and the People

This program examines China's communist political system and discusses popular protest and internet censorship in China.
2017; 2014


The Hairy Bikers Dave Myers and Si King take us to New Year's Eve in Beijing, following an extraordinary day in China's capital city. They experience life in the mega-city on this special day, from preparationsat the bell tower, which can only ever ring on the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, to a Beijing family, the Zhangs, who are getting ready for the biggest family get-together of the year. The whole city comes to a halt as everyone gathers round dinner tables to tuck into the traditional reunion dinner.
2017; 2016

Inside China 1: The Rise of a Superpower

How has China transformed, inside 30 years, from developing nation to the world’s next largest economy after the USA? Includes interviews with historians, eye-witnesses and party officials. This program provides an overview of Chinese history, Chinese industrial development, and China in the 20th century.
2017; 2014

Inside China 2: China - the Future?

This program looks at how China is flexing its economic muscle and investing all over the world and considers what this means for the West? Italso looks atChina's involvement in various African countries and in the European Union and questionsif that brings China into conflict with the U.S.
2017; 2014

China and the Forbidden City

The first Westerner, man or woman, to film inside Communist China was Lucy Jarvis. Her unique blend of journalism and filmmaking provides a special insider's look at the mystery, opulence, and grandeur of one of mankind's greatest treasures—a city.
2017; 2005

The Yungang Grottoes, China

The Yungang Grottoes, in Datong City, Shanxi Province, with their 252 caves and 51,000 statues, represent the outstanding achievement of Buddhist cave art in China in the 5th and 6th centuries. The Five Caves created by Tan Yao, with their strict unity of layout and design, constitute a classical masterpiece of the first peak of Chinese Buddhist art.
2017; 2005