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Plastic China - The Lives of Recycling Plant Workers in China
This film documents a plastic recycling facility in a small town dedicated to the business of processing plastic waste. The facility is operated by two families: the family of the owner and a family of employees. Eleven-year-old Yi-Jie works alongside…
Manufactured Landscapes - The Art of Edward Burtynsky
A striking new documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of "manufactured landscapes"--quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams--Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from civilization's materials and debris. The film…
Mardi Gras: Made in China - Globalization Gone Wild
Winner of twenty-one national and international awards, Mardi Gras: Made in China follows the path of Mardi Gras beads from the streets of New Orleans during Carnival - where revelers party and exchange beads for nudity - to the disciplined…
Falling from the Sky - Rocket Debris Falling From the Sky and Disrupting the Residents of Hunan Province
The little-known county of Suining in Hunan Province is an ordinary yet magical place. As the site of the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, the area has experienced many instances of falling rocket debris since the 1990s. These mysterious and dangerous…
Last Train Home - Migration in China
Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year's holiday. This mass exodus is the world's largest human migration--an epic spectacle that reveals a country tragically caught…
Disturbing the Peace - An Artist Investigatigates Corruption in China
On the afternoon of May 12, 2008, an 8.0-magnitude earthquake hit Wenchuan County in northern Sichuan Province, devastating a vast area of mountainous terrain and killing some 70,000 people, including thousands of children who were in school when it hit.…
It's A Girl - The Global War Against Girls
In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of…
In Search of Lin Zhao’s Soul - The Life and Death of an Activist
The Anti-Rightist Campaign of 1957-59 was one of Communist China's harshest operations against liberal intellectuals. In this era of Red Terror, Lin Zhao, a student at Peking University, went from being an innocent follower to a fearless critic of the…
Guangzhou Dream Factory - The African Community in Guangzhou, China
Immigration, globalization, Chinese factories and African dreams...This documentary weaves stories of Africans chasing alluring, yet elusive, "Made in China" dreams into a compelling critique of 21st century global capitalism. Guangzhou, a.k.a. Canton, is southern China's centuries-old trading port. Today it's…
Readymade - The Lives of Chairman Mao Impersonators
Mao Zedong died in 1976, but his impersonators are alive and well. This film documents the lives of two people who resemble Mao and assume Mao roles. Peng Tian is a villager from Mao's home province of Hunan, who walked…
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…
Finding Kukan - Uncovering the Story of An Asian-American Female Producer from the 1940's
KUKAN, a landmark color film that revealed the atrocities of World War II China to audiences around the world, was the first ever American feature documentary to receive an Academy Award in 1942 and was considered lost for decades. When…
Garden in Heaven - Fighting for Women's Rights in China
"Garden in Heaven" is the name of a memorial website for the date-rape and murder victim Huang Jing. When Huang was found dead, she was naked and had wounds on her body, but the coroner declared illness as the cause…
Coolies, Sailors, Settlers - Voyage to the New World
Part of the Series: Ancestors in the Americas
Explores how people from the Philippines, China and India first arrived on the shores of North and South America, their survival amid harsh conditions, re-migrations and settlement in the Americas. The film travels across oceans and centuries of time to…
Two Million Minutes - An Examination of High School in the U.S., India and China
Regardless of nationality, as soon as a student completes the 8th grade, they have just two million minutes to prepare for college, and ultimately, a career. For some, high school is little more than a necessary rite of passage --…
Morning Sun
Morning Sun attempts, in the space of two hours, to create an inner history of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (c.1964-1976). It provides a multi-perspective view of a tumultuous period as seen through the eyes - and reflected in the…
Fairytale - Contemporary Artist Ai Weiwei Invites Chinese Citizens to Attend His Art Exhibition in Germany
In 2007 Artist Ai Weiwei took part in Documenta 12 with a participatory event called Fairytale, named after the Brothers Grimm who were born near Kassel, the German city that hosts the famed art exhibition. Ai invited 1,001 people from…
The Original The Preschool in Three Cultures
Part of the Series: Preschool in Three Cultures Collection
The Preschool in Three Cultures features typical days at Komatsudani Hoikuen in Kyoto, Japan; Dong Feng (Daguan) Youeryuan in Kunming, China; and St. Timothy's Child Center in Honolulu, U.S. This video was made from the original research videotape shot in…
Jiabiangou Elegy: Life and Death of the Rightists - The Persecution of Inmates at the Jiabiangou Labor Camp
This documentary series recounts the persecution of inmates at the Jiabiangou labor camp in Jiuquan, Gansu province, and examines the way the victims' final affairs were handled. During the Anti-Rightist Campaign of 1957-59, more than three thousand people were sent…
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The Empty Mind - Martial Arts and Mental Connection
Over two years in the making, this is an epic account of today's greatest martial arts teachers and the mind connection that exists between them regardless of their very diverse styles. Professionally filmed in Japan and China, it profiles practitioners…