Any attempt to understand China's visual culture today must start from an understanding of the New Documentary Movement. This anthology attempts to follow Lu Xinyu's lead into the world of English-language Chinese film studies. So far, significant discussion of China's New Documentary Movement in English has been largely confined to articles and book chapters. This book brings together work by some of the main scholars writing on the topic to create a sustained focus on Chinese independent documentary in English for the first time. Meanwhile, this chapter discusses the significance of the New Documentary Movement by trying to indicate why it has taken such a central role in Chinese audio-visual culture over the last two decades and by considering it in its more recent digital form as a contribution to the debates about what cinema is in the digital era.
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