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My father fled the Cultural Revolution in 1966. After risking his life to get to America, he started our family in Boston. But when his restaurant went bankrupt and my mom got sick, he began to feel like he'd failed at the American Dream. A story of migration is passed…
The Revolutionary - An American in Mao’s Cultural Revolution
Sidney Rittenberg arrived in China as a GI Chinese language expert at the end of World War II. Discharged there, he joined the Chinese Communist Party, and was an active participant in the Chinese communist revolution and its aftermath. An intimate of the Party's leadership, including Mao Zedong and Zhou…
Hard Old Rock
Part of the Series: Reel China Series
As a young man, Zheng was a wild boy: he'd rather spend his time gambling and dancing than studying. But his exuberant way of life came to an end when, during the Cultural Revolution, he was charged with counter-revolutionary behavior and sent to prison. Now, he lives in the boarding…
The Last Clan
They are a model of socialism. Living as a collective and as equals in a family-based commune. They are the Hakka from the mountainous region of South East China. Their home is a fortress-like structure called the Tulou, where as many as five hundred family members share an ancient way…
China's 3 Dreams - The Missing History of China
"In the 1970s, we had three dreams: a watch, a wireless and a bicycle". What are the dreams of the Chinese people today? Filmed over an 11-year period, Nick Torrens' third essay film about China in the modern world is an exploration of the missing years - the years of…
The Two Horses of Genghis Khan - A Mongolian Woman Searches for Pieces of Her Heritage
A selection of the prestigious American Film Institute Film Festival in 2009, THE TWO HORSES OF GENGHIS KHAN is a sweeping cinematographic spectacle from renowned Asian director Byambasuuren Davaa. This film presents a stiff look at the crushing after-effects on Mongolian heritage in the years following the Chinese cultural revolution,…
China: Land of My Father - A Search for Family Roots in China
Felicia Lowe's search for the roots of her father's family has resulted in a warm, insightful portrait of Mainland China in 1979. Her journey takes us through the streets of Beijing where street dialogues reveal the curiosity of local people about the lives of the Chinese in America to a…
Autumn Gem - Modern China's First Feminist
Meet the "Chinese Joan of Arc," Qiu Jin (Qiu Jin ) (1875-1907), a radical women's rights activist who defied tradition to become the leader of a revolutionary army. Qiu Jin boldly challenged traditional gender roles and demanded equal rights and opportunities for women. She was the first woman to lead…
Made in China - Migrants in Rural China
This documentary tells one of the millions of stories of migrants from rural China who comprise the backbone of the Chinese economic miracle. It provides a human face behind the ubiquitous label "Made in China." This massive dislocation of people may well represent the largest, most rapid migration in human…
11 Flowers
One of China's foremost directors, Wang Xiaoshuai (Beijing Bicycle, Shanghai Dreams) has created a moving coming-of-age tale set in the final days of China's Cultural Revolution. 11-year-old Wang lives with his family in a remote village in Guizhou province. Life is tough, but they make the most of what little…
The Human Face of Hong Kong
Hong Kong is internationally recognised as a hugely successful financial, manufacturing and trading centre. It is also known as an exotic internaional stopover where even the most dedicated non-consumer buys at least a camera. But Hong Kong is still a colony. It has no democracy. It is governed by a…
The Human Face of China
"A series of five comprehensive human-interest programs on China and its people.