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China in Documentary Film (Leavey Library): New Additions To the Collection

New Additions to the Collection

"Documentary on the 8.0 earthquake that shook Sichuan Province in China on May 12, 2008 at 14:28."

Avenues of Escape
"The lives of three women intertwine as they embark on a dangerous journey to find freedom during the decades-long crackdown on Falun Gong practitioners in China."

Bitter Money =  Ku qian
"The people in Wang Bing's Bitter Money live in filthy, cramped apartments, stare at their phones for far too long, spend time on their balconies overlooking drab streets in which all the buildings look the same, and work long hours for little pay in noisy and stiflingly hot garment factories. The city of Huzhou, where the film is shot, is home to 18,000 clothing factories. They are staffed by about 300,000 workers, many of them migrants from rural areas in the surrounding provinces. Bitter Money follows a handful of these workers, both at work where they may labor for more than 12 hours a day and in their off-hours, as they hang around shabby dorms drinking, dreaming of home, worrying about getting paid, and trying to decide whether their jobs are worth keeping..."

The Chinese Exclusion Act
"Examine the origin, history and impact of the 1882 law that made it illegal for Chinese workers to come to America and for Chinese nationals already here ever to become U.S. citizens. The first in a long line of acts targeting the Chinese for exclusion, it remained in force for more than 60 years."

Cotton Road: A Supply Chain Journey = Mian hua zhi lu
"Americans consume nearly 20 billion new items of clothing each year. Yet few of us know how our clothes are made, much less who produces them. Cotton Road follows the commodity of cotton from South Carolina farms to Chinese factories to illuminate the work and industrial processes in a global supply chain."

Dead Souls = Si ling hun
"In Gansu Province, northwest China, lie the remains of countless prisoners abandoned in the Gobi Desert sixty years ago. Disignated as "ultra-rightists" in the Communist Party's Anti- Rightist Campaign of 1957, they starved to death in the Jiabiangou and Mingshui re-education camps. The film invites us to meet the survivors of the camps to find out firsthand who these persons were, the hardships they were forced to endure and what became their destiny.:

Inside the Chinese Closet
"The intricate tale of Andy and Cherry looking for love and happiness in Shanghai. They are homosexual but their families demand a (heterosexual) marriage and a baby from them. Because being single and childless would mean an unacceptable loss of face for their rural families in the remote countryside where they live. Will Andy and Cherry deny their happiness and sexual orientation to satisfy their parents' wishes?..."

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."

Jiao tang = My Father's House
"In Nigeria, Pastor Daniel Michael Enyeribe has a revelation to bring the word of God to China. He joins a booming community of African merchants who have settled in the southern city of Guangzhou and established the Royal Victory Church for both Africans and Chinese to worship. The church functions as the spiritual center for the ever-growing African trader community, who struggle with cultural, personal and financial challenges. After being raided by police enforcing strict laws regulating religious practice, Pastor Daniel flees to Hong Kong, where he uses video conferencing to lead his congregation from afar. His colleague Pastor Ignatius assumes daily management of the church, while struggling to support his Chinese wife and their young child..."

The Nanking Massacre
'Over the course of six weeks in 1937-38, Imperial Japanese forces massacred hundreds of thousands of Chinese civilians and prisoners of war as the Empire of the Sun turned Nanking into a veritable hell on earth. This program seeks both to expose and to understand that shocking outrage against humanity through the testimonies of the last surviving Japanese veterans and the recollections of Chinese eye witnesses. Rarely seen newsreel and amateur footage, uncensored personal photos and excerpts from diaries are interspersed through out."

Only Me Generation
" 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..."

San Yuan Li
"This film researches Sanyuanli, a typical village in the city of Guangzhou. The focus is on the burden of history, and the clash between modernization and the local culture known as Ling Nan Zong Fa. The film also shows the unique village architecture as well as sites of historic interest. It is a poem written in black and white images."

The Story of China
"Michael Wood embarks on a great historical adventure, exploring the stories, people and landscapes that have helped create China's distinctive character and genius over four thousand years."

"A look at the vast changes that have taken place in Chinese society, including a massive migration from the countryside to the cities, the rise of a prosperous new class of businesspeople, millions of new college graduates competing for a shrinking number of jobs, and the neglect of China's largest population group, its rural peasants. Filmed in a purely observational style, with no narration or commentary."

We the Workers = Xiongnian zhipan
"Shot over a six-year period (2009-2015) in the industrial heartland of south China, a major hub in the global supply chain, this film follows labor activists as they find common ground with workers, helping them negotiate with local officials and factory owners over wages and working conditions. Threats, attacks, detention and boredom become part of their daily lives as they struggle to strengthen worker solidarity in the face of threats and pressures from the police and their employers. In the process, we see in their words and actions the emergence of a nascent working class consciousness and labor movement in China."

Wo you yi ge you yu de, xiao wen ti = I've Got a Little Problem
"...chronicles internationally renowned photographer and poet Ren Hang's struggle with Chinese censorship, painful public scrutiny, and manic depression, that eventually sent his life spiraling out of control..."