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The New Chinese Documentary Film MovementFor the Public Record$
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Chris Berry, Xinyu Lu, and Lisa Rofel

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028528

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028528.001.0001

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(p.2) (p.3) 1 Introduction
The New Chinese Documentary Film Movement

Chris Berry

Lisa Rofel

Hong Kong University Press

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.

Keywords:   China, New Documentary Movement, visual culture, Lu Xinyu, digital era

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