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The New Chinese Documentary Film Movement: For the Public Record

Chris Berry, Xinyu Lu, and Lisa Rofel


The New Chinese Documentary Film Movement is a project unveiling recent documentary film work that has transformed visual culture in China, and brought new immediacy along with a broader base of participation to Chinese media. This volume provides an introduction to the topic of Chinese documentary film, the signature mode of contemporary Chinese visual culture. The chapters here examine how documentary filmmakers have opened up a unique new space of social commentary and critique in an era of rapid ... More

Keywords: film, documentary, visual culture, China, immediacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9789888028528
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888028528.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Berry, editor
Department of Media and Communication at Goldsmiths, University of London

Xinyu Lu, editor
Journalism School at Fudan University in Shanghai

Lisa Rofel, editor
University of California, Santa Cruz

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Part I Historical Overview

1 Introduction

Chris Berry, and Lisa Rofel

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

Lu Xinyu, Tan Jia, Lisa Rofel, Lisa Rofel, and Chris Berry

3 DV: Individual Filmmaking

Wu Wenguang, and Cathryn Clayton

Part II Documenting Marginalization, or Identities New and Old

Part III Publics, Counter-Publics, and Alternative Publics

Part IV Between Filmmaker and Subject: Re-creating Realism