Feature article in the Cineaste summer issue detailing the effects of censorship on independent film in China. It's titled Back to the Underground: A Year of Chinese Film Festival Shutdowns. Here's a short excerpt:
“This summer I went to Beijing to attend the 12th annual BIFF and explore some alternative cinema outside this year’s otherwise poorly received domestic theatrical releases produced within the state sponsored studio system. Upon arrival in Beijing, information on the festival was painstaking to find, even in Chinese. One phone call on the supposed day of the festival revealed that it would not take place at all. When I pressed for further information, the woman quietly said on the phone “It’s inconvenient for me to talk right now.” A raucous argument broke out in the background. “I have to go.” Clack.
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A riveting two hour long interview with Cannes award winning Chinese documentary filmmaker Zhao Liang. Topics covered include censorship, the nature of documentary and the struggles being of a middle-aged filmmaker. Published in Slant Magazine in English and simultaneously released on multiple platforms in Mandarin.
"In order to improve the situation the government has to change their standard on judging good art from bad. Because what we see as good art isn’t that same as what they see right now. What the government thinks is good art is to copy the Hollywood model for Chinese domestic films and putting their hand in it to help them rule better. Their definition of art is for better governing. They want to copy the Hollywood model and control it. What documentaries do is to break lies and to tell the truth. Is the government willing to face the truth?"