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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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Rethinking China’s New Documentary Movement: Engagement with the Social

Rethinking China’s New Documentary Movement: Engagement with the Social

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The New Chinese Documentary Film Movement

Lu Xinyu

Tan Jia

Lisa Rofel

Lisa Rofel

Chris Berry

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter outlines and analyzes the history of the movement. It seeks to elucidate the heterogeneity of the New Documentary Movement. This heterogeneity lies in themes, approaches to politics and history, and modernity and marginalization, as well as relationships with the official media system. Yet the New Documentary Movement distinguishes itself by sharing the effort to open more space for image-based reflections that are not included in official or mass media. The discussion also notes that the term “New Documentary Movement” first appeared in 1992, a little while after the first films began to appear. This places the origins of the movement between two crucial dates in Chinese history: 1989 and 1992.

Keywords:   contemporary China, digital video, image-based reflections, documentary, media, 1992, official media

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