FILM

On the Trail of China’s Last Reindeer Herders

Renowned documentary director Gu Tao recounts his journey into indie filmmaking and his years living with Ewenki herders in northern China

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How the War in Ukraine Inspired China’s Independent Filmmakers

A handful of independent short films promote empathy and compassion toward war victims in Ukraine

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The Rough Reality for China’s Indie Documentary Filmmakers

Documentary-makers have been turning out works of high artistic and social value since the 1990s. But is their golden age over?

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The Mountains Sing: Yang Xiao on Documenting Guangxi’s Fading Folk Music

A new film by Guangxi-born director Yang Xiao bends an ear to the region’s dying tradition of ethnic folk ballads

FILM

Is “Saturday Fiction” too edgy for China’s mainstream? | Film Review

Gong Li’s yarn of empowered female espionage in war-torn Shanghai aimed big at the Chinese box office, but confuses complexity for entertainment

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Zhou Hao Goes “All In” on the Nature of Documentaries | Film Review

A director explores the exploitative nature of documentary filmmaking in his latest work about childhood trauma

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The Light Inside

Director Khashem Gyal on film as a religion and how real culture is “inner” culture

MODERN HISTORY

Remembering the Chinese Women Who Danced for the World

Too many of the Chinese diaspora’s leading female artists and performers have been forgotten. Director Luka Yuanyuan Yang wants to reclaim their transnational legacies.

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Deity Defying

Can the legend of Jiang Ziya propel Chinese animated cinema to new heights?

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The Wild Goose Lake

Diao Yinan’s stylized film noir tackles violence, crime, and the marginalized

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