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China in Documentary Film (Leavey Library): Human Rights

Human Rights

Human Rights in China: The Search for Common Ground
"Documentary explores human rights practices in China and the response of many in the West who believe that these practices are violations of Chinese citizens' rights. Scholars, government officials, and activists do not always agree on the controversial issues within the context of China's culture, history, and economy."

Inside These Walls
"Wang Bingzhang, founder of the Overseas Chinese Democracy Movement, has spent the last 14 years in a Chinese prison for the crime of political activism. Although he once abandoned them to pursue his political beliefs, his ex-wife and children campaign tirelessly for his release. Inside These Walls captures the complex range of emotions of a family bound together in struggle and hope."

Jiabiangou ji shi = Jiabiangou Elegy: Life and Death of the Rightists
"Jiabiangou Re-education camp was lacated outside Jiuquan City, Gansu Province, China. 1957-1958 more than 3000 people were sent there for "re-education through labour". there people. These people were categorized as rightists, counter-party, anti-socialist elements. In the winter of 1960, many inmates were moved to Mingshui and died of cold and starvation. Only fewer than 600 of the inmatwes survived."

Only Me Generation
"...is a documentary of self-exploration, which tells the personal stories of the effects of the One Child Policy from the first generation's point of view. More than 30 years ago, the Chinese government first introduced the one-child policy to alleviate social, economic, and environmental problems. Over three decades have passed; they are now looking at loosening up the policy, which makes the babies born into this policy a unique generation."

Operation Yellow Bird: The Fascinating Exfiltration of the Tiananmen Dissidents
"In 1989, Chinese students demonstrated in Tiananmen Square in Beijing to claim more rights and freedom of expression. On June 3rd, the government decided to quell the insurrection and violence broke out as tanks and soldiers entered the city and charged protesters. Hundreds were coldly executed and a manhunt ensued to find the leaders of the movement who had escaped the slaughter. They became China's 'most wanted' public enemies. A list of 21 names was published and their photos were posted on every corner around the country. Some had managed to escape and the CIA was reputed to have organized their exfiltration [when in fact it was members of the French embassy in Hong Kong and others who had helped them]. This investigative film returns 27 years after the Tiananmen massacre, to interview some of the principal actors of the exfiltration..."

People of Tibet, The: Silence, Prison or Exile
"The people from Tibet have faced continuous violations of their fundamental human rights during more than four decades. Those individuals who have lifted their voices to reveal the truth in Tibet, have been constantly punished. The Tibetan people represent the protection of a culture, an identity, and a different civilization. This is a documentary shot entirely in Tibetan refugee camps and gathers the experiences of men and women who have expressed what they are, what they feel and their desires of a better world."

Shang fang = Petition
"A harrowing investigation into China's legal system, this documentary takes us inside the world of 'petitioners', people who come to Beijing from all over the country to seek justice against corrupt local officials and courts, only to find themselves waiting months or years (in some cases more than 10 years) for a hearing."

Wo men shi gong chan zhu yi sheng lüe hao =  We are the -- of Communism
"When the Yuanhai Migrants Children's School is shut down by city officials for unclear reasons, the students and teachers manage to continue classes where they can find room. These students face both social and administrative prejudice due to their families' marginalized status and are typically relegated to makeshift schools for migrants, with poor facilities and sporadic shutdowns by local officials. This documentary follows the personal journeys of the students as they battle bureaucratic corruption for their right to learn."