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The British Film Institute will be teaming up with China Culture Connect to bring you some of the more intriguing documentaries coming out of China later this month in celebration of the Chinese New Year. This is a must-see for anyone interested in Chinese cinema, or just what is happening in China at the moment. More details below:
China Culture Connect is very pleased to announce Unseen China, a collaborative event with the British Film Institute as part of the BFI Chinese New Year Special programme.
Independent documentary is arguably the most powerful means for Chinese filmmakers to capture and articulate the dramatic and profound changes sweeping the vast nation. Rarely seen by western audiences, this selection of recent films describes the experiences of ordinary people which resonate across the world. Including an introduction and discussion with Chinese documentary professionals, this event will shed light on China’s current reality and provide insights into traditional Chinese culture from a refreshing perspective.
Tide (Chao) captures China’s traditional Spring Festival in 2008, when millions of people returning home faced the coldest winter in 100 years. My Four-Fen Land (Wo De Si Fen Di) portrays peasant life oblivious to global turbulence. Viewpoint (Guan Dian) illustrates the complexities of a labour market. Water and Land (Shui Shang An Shang) is a dramatic portrait of a young woman struggling to realise her dreams. Brave Father (Fu Qin) narrates the heart-rending efforts of a parent to support his son’s future.
The event will start with an introduction to current Chinese documentary production by Jingjing Xie (former film programmer for the Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival and film curator, China Culture Connect). After the screenings, Chris Berry (leading scholar in international Chinese cinematography), Wang Bang (independent Chinese documentary filmmaker) and Xuhua Zhan (documentary distributor and art curator, China Culture Connect) will join Jingjing Xie as panelists for a Q&A session with the audience.
Date: 25th Feb 2012, Time: 14:00-17:00, Venue: NFT 2, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XT
To buy tickets online, visit the BFI’s official site.