China's Challenges: China Can Produce. Can China Create?
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China's Challenges Series
Host Robert Lawrence Kuhn, who knows China's leaders personally and wrote the book "How China's Leaders Think," takes us inside China through five documentaries that reveal the critical issues that China's new leaders face. China's Challenges focuses on current issues including China's economy, society, innovation, politics and values. These documentaries…
Are the Chinese People 'Real' Citizens?
Part of the Series: China's Challenges Series
The Chinese people today enjoy much higher standards of living, active involvement in expression, and a more vibrant, tolerant society. But, with One Ruling Party, how to involve the people in the process of governance? How to make government more transparent and more accountable? How, in short, to make Chinese…
The Yangtze River's Green Sailors
Part of the Series: Reel China Series
Descending from a long line of fishermen on the Yangtze River, Liu Gujun had to redefine his professional activity when the construction of the famous Three Gorges Dam began. His father, who has recently passed away, had to stop fishing the river due the growing pollution that the dam has…
China's Stolen Children
Ten years after the policy-changing and award-winning film, The Dying Rooms, the same team returns to a very different China where the infamous One Child Policy has had the horrific side effect of a boom in stolen children. With extraordinary access to devastated parents desperately searching for their stolen son;…
What do the Chinese People Believe?
Part of the Series: China's Challenges Series
China is an ancient civilization, with many traditions and philosophies passed down over the generations. But what values are shaping today's China? Confucian ethics? Selfless Communism? Market economy individual initiative? What about sex and religion?
Are the Chinese People Happy?
Part of the Series: China's Challenges Series
While President Xi Jinping talks about "The Chinese Dream," the Chinese people talk about healthcare, education, housing and retirement. Even after vast economic development, the fate of many Chinese remains in doubt. China's leaders must deal with the "Big Four" social concerns.
Heavy Metal
Part of the Series: Reel China Series
For more then twenty years, tons and tons of metallic and electronic waste from all around the world has been transported to a Chinese town called Fengjang, in the south of Shanghai. Around 50,000 migrant workers have formed a real army to dismantle these metallic wastes. These "green soldiers" decompose,…
The Final Migration
Part of the Series: Reel China Series
In this documentary, we follow the twenty-three families strong nomadic Guoshan tribe, a sub-group of Yaos. They follow a thousand year old tradition of selecting a new temporary home every two or three generations, usually distancing themselves from their previous temp-home by several hundreds of miles. Provided now with a…
The Graduates
Part of the Series: Reel China Series
This Song GAO directed documentary follows the stories of Feng Haitao, Li Yuchun, and Jin Lian after they graduate from the Sichuan Normal University. As they seek employment in one of China's largest cities, Chengdu, the program makes us question the validity of a college diploma and whether wealth is…
The Last Village
Part of the Series: Reel China Series
In Gansu Province, the Minquin community struggles with the affects of desertification. Surrounded by the Tengri and Badanjilin deserts, the villages of the region are beginning to be engulfed underneath sand dunes. Many villagers decide to leave their homeland. However, several elders have chosen to stay. They prefer instead to…
The New Shelter
Part of the Series: Reel China Series
A terrible flood destroys the home of the AH family in a small village in China's Southern Guangdong province. Life was already a constant struggle for them, but this disaster turns their existence into a nightmare. Over a period of 12-months the filmmaker follows the family during the challenging period…
Three Strings For Two Storytellers
Part of the Series: Reel China Series
The very ancient tradition of a storyteller going from one valley to the next spreading news from the outside world is in decline. A couple with great experience with this street art, Gai Ying Mu and her husband Gai Ming He, only perform upon request. Unfortunately, to make a living…