General Pacific Rim
China / Mongolia

East Asian cinema videography
South/Southeast Asia/Oceanea documentary videography

General Pacific Rim

Asia, Beyond the Miracle
The Asian continent comprises two-thirds of the world's poor, yet it is the site of continuous phenomenal economic growth. This film examines if such growth can be sustained, particularly without serious damage to the ecology. Shot on location in Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, Nepal and the Philippines. 1997. 15 min. Video/C MM122

Asian Values Devalued
As the economies of East Asia turned from boom to bust in the 1990s, the general public was amazed, yet many economists nodded their heads knowingly. This program focuses on the plights of Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Malaysia, where nepotism, cronyism, corruption, suppression, and the exploitation of cheap foreign labor brought about a financial crisis of enormous proportions. 1998. 39 min. Video/C 7288

The Automobile Story (Made in America; 2).
Once it was the symbol of American industry, style, and leisure--until Toyota adapted American mass production methods to Japanese standards. Only now are embattled American auto makers trying to reverse history by using Japanese success strategy in planning, design, engineering, and manufacturing. 1992. 50 min. Video/C 2586

Big Business and the Ghost of Confucius (Pacific Century; 7).
Describes the economic success stories of Taiwan, South Korea and Singapore. Examines how these newly industrialized countries moved to the forefront of the world economy so rapidly. Examines the role played by America and Confucian beliefs in shaping the successful formula for East Asian capitalism an grapples with the question of the role of government in economic growth. Presents profiles and interviews of politicians and business leaders like former Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, and the chairman of South Korea's Hyundai Corp. 1992. 60 min. DVD 4928 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2502

ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

Exporting Harm: The High-tech Trashing of Asia
Unbeknownst to many, "recycling" electronic waste often means that the material is shipped to Asia, where it causes major environmental, health, and occupational hazards. This film reveals "the dirty secrets" of the high-tech revolution and provides a ringing call to action for corporate responsibility and global environmental justice. Video by Jim Puckett. 2004. 23 min. DVD 8251

The Geographic Dynamic of the Pacific Rim(Power of Place: World Regional Geography; 13-14)
Prog. 13. Global interaction: Singapore, gateway city. Australia, new links to Asia.--Prog. 14. Migration and conquest: Mexico, motive to migrate. Guatemala, continuing conquest.

A telecourse designed to build understanding of geography by examining eleven regions of the world and their interconnections. Each program contains case studies which characterize an individual region. Singapore, Gateway City looks at how Singapore exploits its location to play a key commercial role in Pacific Asia. Australia, New Links to Asia investigates Australia's European roots and recent Asian influences in economic development. Mexico, Motive to Migrate examines migration patterns both within and outside of Mexico. Guatemala, Continuing Conquest examines the "cycles of conquest" borne by Maya peoples in Guatemala. 1995. 58 min. Video/C 4318

Jugs to be Filled(New Pacific; 7)
This program looks at schools and universities in Japan, China, Korea, California and Papua New Guinea. The film shows how the structure of education reflects attitudes and cultures and that there is a strong need for Pacific peoples to emphasize national identity in a multi-cultural environment. 1985. 60 min. Video/C MM584

The New Pacific.
1986. 60 min. each installment

Over Rich, Over Sexed ... Over Here. Examining the forces that are shaping the modern face of the Pacific region, this film looks at the impact of tourists on the cultural lives of the people of the Pacific. Indigenous populations are resentful of the ease with which Western tourists come and go and are resentful of the power of their tourist dollars. Video/C MM582

Shadow of the Rising Sun. Focuses on the 'Little Dragons' - Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan who, like Japan, are using western technology and eastern production efficiency to forge an era of prosperity. Looks at the influence of Communist China and the history of the Pacific region and growing consumerism and leisure activities. Discusses the changing economic and social conditions of Hong Kong, Singapore and other Asian countries and the beginning of Asian ascendancy after the period of European colonialism. Video/C MM585

Echos of War. Film explores the strategic importance of the Pacific area to the major powers, and the underlying attitudes and social impact of American defense policy on the lives of Pacific peoples, especially the islanders of Micronesia. Video/C MM821

Fifty Ways to Get Enlightened. Surveys the history of missionary presence in the Pacific countries and looks at the religious customs that have become part of both religious and social life through the incursion of Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity. Video/C MM541

For Richer, For Poorer. Compares and contrasts weddings in China, Korea, Japan, Hawaii, Papua New Guinea and Tonga, showing how the institution of marriage is a key to understanding the social attitudes of the various cultures. Video/C MM583

Jugs to Be Filled. This program looks at schools and universities in Japan, China, Korea, California and Papua New Guinea. The film shows how the structure of education reflects attitudes and cultures and that there is a strong need for Pacific peoples to emphasize national identity in a multi-cultural environment. Video/C MM584

Pacific Age. Explores how the dynamic growth in the economies of countries on the Asian rim of the Pacific has transformed the pattern of world trade. Also looks at the impact of trade on the region's cultural and social development, politics, religion and everyday life. Video/C MM833

The Pacific Century (Pacific Century; 10).
Confronts the economic, political, and cultural challenges that must be faced to secure America's future as a global player in the Pacific Basin region. 1992. 60 min. DVD 4931 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2505

ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

[Said, Edward] Professor Edward Said on Orientalism (Race and Diversity Series)
Edward Said's book Orientalism has been influential in a diverse range of disciplines since its publication in 1978. In this interview he talks about the context in which the book was conceived, its main themes, and how its original thesis relates to the contemporary understanding of "the Orient." c1998. 40 min. DVD 4914; vhs Video/C 5800

[Said, Edward] Edward Said in Lecture: the Myth of the "Clash of Civilizations" (Race and Diversity Series)
In this lecture delivered at the University of Massachusetts, Edward Said in a critique of the groundbreaking book by Samuel Huntington takes aim at one of the central tenents of recent foreign policy thinking - that conflicts between different and clashing "civilizations" (Western, Islamic, Confucian) characterize the contemporary world. Said argues that collapsing complex, diverse and contradictory groups of people into vast, simplistic abstractions has disastrous consequences. Presenting instead a vision of the "coexistence" of difference, Said concludes with the fundamental challenge that faces humanity at the turn of the millennium. 1998. 55 min. Video/C 5801

Shadow of the Rising Sun.(New Pacific; 8)
Focuses on the 'Little Dragons' - Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan who, like Japan, are using western technology and eastern production efficiency to forge an era of prosperity. Looks at the influence of Communist China and the history of the Pacific region and growing consumerism and leisure activities. Discusses the changing economic and social conditions of Hong Kong, Singapore and other Asian countries and the beginning of Asian ascendancy after the period of European colonialism. 1986. 60 min. Video/C MM585

Windows on Asia-Pacific: Asian Television Commercials.
What do television commercials reveal about the non-Western world? This documentary examines how sensibilities differ between East and West as seen through the lens of advertising imagery. TV commercials from China, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, Japan, India, Canada and the Republic of Korea are highlighted with commentary by advertising executives from each of the countries. In English and various languages with English voiceovers. 1999. 49 min. Video/C 6191

To the top

China / Mongolia

24 City (Er shi si cheng ji)
A documentary film on the state-owned Factory 420, also called as the Chengdu Engine Group, which was founded in 1958 to produce aviation engines. Now abandoned, the factory is sold for millions to real estate developers to be transformed into a complex of luxury apartment blocks called 24 City. The film revolves around eight dramatic interviews that present three generations with ties to the factory: the first factory workers, more recent employees, and the children of former laborers. Woven into this oral history are three fictional monologues delivered by actors. Special features: "Cry me a river": short film by Jia Zhang-ke; film critic Scott Foundas interviews Jia Zhang-ke; theatrical trailer; essay by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum. Directed by Zhang Ke Jia. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 107 min. 2008. DVD X3946

731: Two Versions of Hell
Version 1: The doorway to hell (15 min.) -- Version 2: War is hell (12 min.) Documentary about Unit 731, Japan's secret World War II biological and chemical weapons facility in the Chinese town of Harbin where biological weapons were developed during the Japanese Occupation. The film uses the same footage as seen from two points of view. The first half gives the perspective of the Chinese government and describes the horrors and atrocities that occurred during World War II at the facility. The second half, using almost the exact same footage, describes Unit 731 from the Japanese revisionist perspective which is largely supported by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in Japan. Although its cruel experiments on living people produced thousands of casualties, this activity is still denied by a number of Japanese historians and politicians. A film by James T. Hong. 2007. DVD X351

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

1421, The Year China Discovered America?
Did a daring Chinese admiral reach America 71 years before Columbus? This program examines the mystery surrounding the sailing exploits of the legendary Zheng He and the gigantic Ming fleet of treasure junks he commanded for more than 30 years. The Chinese court burned all the records of Zheng He's daring journeys and fabulous achievements, unwittingly creating a remarkable mystery that tantalizes the world 500 years later. Surviving records tell of his voyages to the western oceans, but now, one determined author claims that the lost records tell an even greater tale. Gavin Menzies, a retired British submarine commander, claims he has stumbled across "evidence" that now shows that this extraordinary Chinese fleet was the first to discover America - decades before Columbus. Director, David Wallace. 2004. 120 min. DVD 9558

Abode of Illusion: The Life and Art of Chang Dai-chien (1899-1983)
Explores the life and work of Chang Daichien, an artist who symbolizes a bridge between China's past and present, as well as between East and West. Chang was the first Chinese artist to achieve international recognition, both through his original works as well as through his skills at emulating--and forging--past masterpieces. 1994. 60 min. Video/C 8866

All Under Heaven: Life in a Chinese Village.
Presents a documentary which visits the Chinese village of Long Bow. Looks at daily life, showing how traditional ways have persisted, though altered by the many sudden shifts in government policy. Looks at how the villagers deal with the most recent shift, from collective agriculture back to family farming. 1987. 58 min. Video/C 2155

Wang, Norman. "The Long Bow Films: An Interview with Carma Hinton." Cineaste 1986, 14:4, 36-38.

Amongst White Clouds
American director Edward A. Burger documents his journey into the lives of China's forgotten Zen Buddhist hermit tradition. The Zhongnan Mountains have been home to recluses for some five thousand years; Burger's experiences demonstrate that the tradition continues to thrive. One of only a few foreigners to have lived and studied with these hidden sages, Burger reveals to us their tradition, their wisdom, and the hardship and joy of their everyday lives. 2007. 86 min. DVD X1982

Ancient China
From the creation legend of Panku to the demise of the Han Dynasty, this program traces Chinese history and explores the roots of Chinese culture. It visits the Great Wall of China, the Imperial Palace and the Beijing Opera, whose works are an elaborate retelling of traditional folktales. The influences of Buddhism, Taoism and ancestor worship in China are also examined along with footage of the Buddhist caves and the Terra Cotta Army. 1999. 47 min. Video/C 8858

Art in the Cultural Revolution.
Examines the Communist Party's rigorously enforced art policies during China's Cultural Revolution from 1966-1976, when pictorial artists were given strict aesthetic guidelines for the production of works designed to promote the ideology and imagery of Mao Tse-tung's illusory new society. Through a detailed study of paintings, posters and operas- from their color scheme and their treatment of light and shadow, to the bodily poses and facial expressions- the video reveals how artists were politically mobilized under the guidance of Mao's wife, Jian Qing, to promote an ideology of revolutionary purity. 1997. 33 min. Video/C 4937

The Art of Regret
The filmmaker explores the digital revolution in China in the city of Kunming. It examines questions surrounding the art of photography, whether it is a tool for preserving history, to capture reality, or to be used as a part of the material culture of contemporary China. A film by Judith MacDougall. Photography, Judith MacDougall ; editor, Judith MacDougall ; production, Kathy Zhang. 2007. 59 min. DVD X3280

Berkeley Media LLC catalog description

Beauty in China
These days, ambitious young women in China feel they have to Westernize their appearance through plastic surgery in order to get ahead. To accomplish the "right look," they visit surgeons to have their legs lengthened, their eyes westernized, and their breasts enlarged. Some of the women end up with terrible physical problems as a result. Every week some 16,000 Chinese undergo face surgery. The film includes a beauty contest for "Miss Nip & Tuck," in which all the contestants are women who have had plastic surgery. Many of their families have spent their life savings to pay for this investment in their daughters. Directed by Elodie Pakosz 2005. 29 min. DVD X348

Filmakers Library catalog description

Because They're Worth It. (Life, Part 19)
Out of a total Chinese population of 1.3 billion, there are 42 million Chinese who are poor. This film looks at programs which are helping impoverished Chinese break out of the cycle of poverty and ignorance -- by providing them with micro-credit, basic health information, education and hope. c2000. 24 min. Video/C 7779

A cultural and political history of Beijing. Includes a description of the "Forbidden City", and the development of the surrounding city. 1980. 45 min. Video/C 313

Bird's Nest: Herzog & de Meuron in China
The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games commenced in August, with many events taking place in the new, 100,000-seat National Stadium. But design plans for this massive structure began in 2003, when Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron were selected by the Chinese government to design the new stadium, which because of its curved steel-net walls was soon dubbed by locals as the "bird's nest." This documentary chronicles this five-year effort, as well as Herzog and de Meuron's design for a new city district in Jinhua, involving hotels, office and residential buildings. Both projects involved complex and often difficult negotiations and communications between two cultures, two architectural traditions and two political systems. Directed by Christoph Schaub, Michael Schindhelm. 2008. 88 min. DVD X146

Description from Icarus Films catalog

The Blood of Yingzhou District
Documentary on the AIDS epidemic in rural China focusing on one year in the life of a young boy with AIDS whose parents have died of the disease. Looks at how people living with the disease are ostracized. Shows how economic realities force many of the population into selling their blood to make ends meet, a practice that can expose them to unsafe medical practices that can expose them to the virus. Directed by Ruby Yang. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 2006. 40 min. DVD 8244

Born Under the Red Flag (China, a Century of Revolution; 3)
"Surviving Mao -- The New Generation." Recounts the years between 1976 and 1997, following the death of Mao Zedong. Under Deng Xiaoping's leadership China witnessed sweeping economic and social changes, but under the firm control of the Communist party. Chronicles the growing student movements and party crackdown at Tiananmen Square as individuals challenge the meaning and value of commmunism in China. With 16-page guide. 1997. 120 min. Video/C 6117

Canal Boat to History.
This program delves into the problems of communication caused by China's vast size and diversity of landscape, and shows how this has been reflected in Chinese art through the ages. From Shanghai, Edmund Capon journeys north, to the very cradle of Chinese civilization. He explores the three peaks of Chinese culture: the Bronze Age, the Han Dynasty, and the Tang Dynasty and looks at their distinctive artistic achievements. 1988. 55 min. Video/C 2941

The Cancer Detectives of Lin Xian.
Using an Eastern approach to medicine that focuses on environmental causes, Chinese scientists try to eliminate cancer of the esophagus. 1981. 57 min. Video/C 389

The Carriers of Electric Shadows (Porteurs d'Ombres Electriques)
In the heart of the Chinese province of Sichuan, a team of itinerant projectionists - a woman and two men - travel through the countryside showing films to peasants. This documentary accompanies these missionaries of popular cinema from village to village as it explores their devotion to a profession threatened by the arrival of television and Chinese economic reforms. 27 min. Video/C 6777

The Children of Soong Ching Ling
After glimpsing the conditions in which Chinese children lived prior to the programs and facilities instituted by Madame Sun Yat-Sen in 1949, this program goes on to document how the Chinese are attempting to provide their children with the health, education, and skills that they will need in the modern world. 1985. 29 min. Video/C MM564

China. [Part 1] (Human Rights in Asia)
Contents: [Pt 1]. Escape from China -- [Pt. 2] Big business vs human rights. The first segment offers a preview of Escape from China, a secretly filmed profile of one of the Tiananmen Square uprising's youth leaders. The second segment analyses the controversy over China's "Most favored nation" status as a U.S. trading partner despite repeated human rights abuses. Broadcast April 11, 1993. Video/C 6693

China. [Part 2](Human Rights in Asia)
First segment: Excerpts from "Moving the mountain," which focuses on Li Lu, one of the leaders of the Tiananmen uprising. Includes an interview with Li Lu, now living in exile, on the decline of human rights in China. Second segment: Excerpt from "From Hollywood to Hanoi," in which a Vietnamese-American filmmaker, Ti Thang Nga, journeys back to Vietnam to understand her own feelings about the war. She visits My Lai, the site of a massacre by American troops to make an appeal for reconciliation and friendship. Broadcast May 9, 1995. Video/C 6722

China.(Emerging Powers; 1)
Examines China's transformation from communism to capitalism, from poverty to prosperity. Includes interviews with a former state worker who has created a multimillion-dollar textile empire, Liu Yonghao who made $10 million in chickens, the leader of Beijing's Commodities Exchange, Shanghai's most successful Avon cosmetics saleswoman, and China's richest man. 1996. 50 min. Video/C 4304

China: A Century of Revolution
An astonishingly candid view of a once-secret nation. This powerful program takes a remarkable first-hand look at China's tumultuous history, examining its social, political and cultural upheaval through eyewitness accounts, rare archival film footage and insightful commentary. Pt. 1. China in revolution, 1911-1949. -- P. 2. The Mao years, 1949-1976. -- Pt. 3. Born under the red flag, 1976-1997. 1997. 360 min. DVD 1211

China and Its Sphere. (Power of Place: World Regional Geography. 22-24).
--Prog. 22. Life in China's frontier cities: Lanzhou, confluence of cultures. Shenyang, hope for China's rust belt?.Prog. 23. China's metropolitan heartland: Shanghai, awakening the giant. Nanjing, rural industry.--Prog. 24. The Booming maritime edge: Guangdong, the booming maritime edge. Taiwan, avoiding the crush.

A telecourse designed to build understanding of geography by examining eleven regions of the world and their interconnections. Each program contains case studies which characterize an individual region. Lanzhou, Confluence of Cultures examines the cultural diversity of the population of Lanzhou in northwestern China. Shenyang, Hope for China's Rust Belt? investigates the struggling manufacturing industries in Shenyang, China. Shanghai, Awakening the Giant examines how physical location and government policy bolster development in Shanghai. Nanjing, Rural Industry looks at a clothing firm as an example of township enterprise in Siga, near Nanjing. Guangdong, the Booming Maritime Edge explores industrialization in Guangdong with emphasis on a Nike shoe factory. Taiwan, Avoiding the Crush examines the migration of high tec. industries to the suburbs of Tapei to avoid the problems of the city. 1995. 58 min. Video/C 4322-4323

China and the United States (China and the U.S.: priorities in a Changing Relationship)
What are the priorities in the changing relationship between the U.S. and China as the two countries attempt to work out a framework for constructive engagement? From the U.S. perspective that framework is beleaguered by Chinese abuses of human rights, an expanding Chinese military, exportation of weapons, and a ballooning trade deficit. Nicholas Lardy of the Brookings Institute and Robert Kapp, president of the U.S.-China Business Council discuss these problematic issues which impact U.S. foreign policy with China. Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, 1998. 26 min. Video/C 5822

China and the World.
This program explores China's erratic and invariably difficult contacts with other cultures and ideologies, caused by both natural and cultural barriers, and how this isolation has allowed China to develop her own great and distinctive traditions in art. Edmund Capon looks at China's cultural evolution through 2000 years of trading and commercial contacts and considers some of the ideological influences that entered the country from the outside world. 1988. 55 min. Video/C 2942

China: Beyond the Clouds
Filmmaker Phil Agland reveals the everyday drama and passion of contemporary China, a country "steeped in tradition and wracked by change," by focussing on life in one small town. Interwoven throughout the four segments of this documentary are the stories of a gang fight, in which one boy is killed, and the subsequent police investigation; a hill country teacher who leaves his charges temporarily in the care of a substitute while he takes a course to improve his skills; and the work of Dr. Tang who practices acupuncture and treats people with problems such as rheumatism and migraines as well as cerebral palsy. 1994. 240 min. Video/C 3899

China Blue
Following a pair of denim jeans from birth to sale, China Blue links the power of the U.S. consumer market to the daily lives of a Chinese factory owner and two teenaged female factory workers. Filmed both in the factory and in the workers' faraway village, this documentary provides a rare, human glimpse at China's rapid transformation into a free market society. Directed by Micha X. Peled. 2005. 88 min. DVD 6984
© notice

View this video online
UC Berkeley users only - Requires Windows Media Player or Flip4Mac

Description from Bullfrog Films catalog

China From the Inside
Four documentaries that surveys China through Chinese eyes to see how history has shaped them, and where the present is taking them. Originally broadcast on PBS in 2006. Dist.: Films Media Group. 60 min. each installment. DVD 7397

Power and the People. This first segment looks at how the Communist Party exerts control over 1.3 billion Chinese. Do village elections present a chance for people to take a share in power? Chinese people, from farmers to ministers, speak frankly about the problems the country faces and the ways forward.
© notice

View this video online
UC Berkeley users only - Requires Windows Media Player or Flip4Mac

Women of the Country. This second segment looks at women in contemporary China. China's women have always been under pressure: from men, from family, from work. Now more and more are under new pressure -- from themselves -- to take control of their lives; to get an education; to have a career; to marry for love. It's a slow, difficult process, and it is changing China.
© notice

View this video online
UC Berkeley users only - Requires Windows Media Player or Flip4Mac

Shifting Nature. This third segment looks at environmental issues in China. China is trying to feed 20 percent of the world's population on 7 percent of the world's arable land. A third of the world uses water from China's rivers. But rapid industrialization and climate change have led to bad air, polluted rivers and drought. Environmental activists, Party officials, academics and scientists are in a daily struggle over the damage to nature in China.
© notice

View this video online
UC Berkeley users only - Requires Windows Media Player or Flip4Mac

Freedom and Justice. This fourth segment looks at freedom in China examining such questions as: How free are the Chinese people? How free to worship as they please? To learn the truth from the media? To hear the truth from the Communist Party and the government? How can people with a grievance negotiate with the state? Also looks at popular grievances: forced evictions, government cover-up of the AIDS problem, corruption and land grabbing. There were 87,000 officially-recognized cases of public disorder in 2005. The courts frequently refuse to take on sensitive cases, forcing ordinary people to petition the government -- a frustratingly ineffectual process. The cameras go inside a "Re-education through Labor" camp to which women are committed without trial for up to four years for drugs, sex or property offences -- or for petitioning.
© notice

View this video online
UC Berkeley users only - Requires Windows Media Player or Flip4Mac

China: Heritage of the Wild Dragon
The fine loess soil of the Yellow River basin quickly established that region as the home of China's earliest recorded dynasty. This program focuses primarily on Bronze Age China and the contributions of the Yin (or Shang) dynasty. Includes archival film of the excavation of Yinxu; armor and artifacts from the tomb of Qin Shihuangdi and footage of loess being used to replicate intricate Yin-era bronzes. 2000. 59 min. Video/C 8857

China in Revolution, 1911-1949.
This documentary recounts the 38 years between 1911 and 1949, during which China was transformed from a centuries-old empire into the world's largest Communist state. 1989. 120 min. Video/C 3407

China in Transition.
Eight special reports, originally broadcast on the MacNeil/Lehrer newshour, about the changing face of China. Topics covered include economic changes, role of the military, women, culture and the arts, higher education, and human rights. 1994. 126 min. Video/C 3895

China Now.
A behind the scenes look at what has been happening in China since the events at Tiananmen Square in June 1989. 1990. 30 min. Video/C 2005

China on the Rise.
China's growing economy -- The Chinese consumer -- The cult of Mao Zedong -- Misinvestment in China -- Interview with Cheng Siwei -- Piracy explored -- Bumps in the road?. Will the 21st century be the Chinese century? Economics correspondent Paul Solman examines the rise of China as a global economic power -- and the challenges that lie before it -- in this timely collection of NewsHour reports. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2006. 73 min. DVD 6074

China, One Child
Twenty-five years after its institution, assesses the success of China's controversial "one child" policy and the impact it has had on ordinary families through interviews with middle-class Beijing families to those in poor rural areas. Population growth has been slowed, but at an enormous social cost: A generation without siblings; abortion of female foetuses; imbalance between the sexes and a real concern that the policy has created a generation of spoilt children, so-called "Little emperors and empresses." 2005. 22 min. DVD 6977

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

China Opens Up (Kina abner sig)
A view of China in transition through the eyes of its intelligentsia as they address the issue of freedom of expression and censorship. Among them are an author, a film director, a journalist, a dramatist, a composer and an artist each offering widely differing opinions about China's future. Some have developed into entrepreneurs, others still long for communism in its purest form. Artistic freedom is no longer considered as a force that threatens the system and there is a growing understanding in China that the state-sanctioned arts of the communist era are simplistic and irrelevant. 2001. 28 min. Video/C 8960

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

China Rises

Part 1: Getting Rich: The Quest for Wealth in China
By embracing private enterprise, China has achieved the most rapid economic advance in history. But how much of its success is founded on the abuse and exploitation of workers? This program examines the rise of China’s upper class, looking at new philosophies and business tactics that have created millionaires and billionaires in a once-collectivist society. Viewers are introduced to Zuo Zongshen, owner of the Zongshen Industrial Group and one of the richest men in China—as well as two of his factory employees, among the estimated 100 million Chinese who have left rural villages for low-wage urban jobs. Also studied: the nation’s alarming rise in workplace injuries and its booming dot-com industry. A Discovery Channel Production. (Portions in Chinese with English subtitles, 45 minutes) DVD X2541
© notice

View this video online
UC Berkeley users only - Requires Windows Media Player or Flip4Mac

Part 2: City of Dreams: China's Growing Economic Gap
Shanghai’s professional class enjoys a hip, affluent lifestyle—but a shocking number of the city’s residents live in poverty. This program explores the widening divide between China’s educated, cosmopolitan wealthy and those citizens who feel increasingly disenfranchised by capitalist development. Profiling an up-and-coming film director and a successful fashion designer, the episode also follows the stories of three women left destitute by government eviction policies. Viewers will gain insight into Shanghai’s ambitious city planning, steered by “socialism with Chinese characteristics”—as well as long-standing family traditions in danger of disappearing in 21st-century China. A Discovery Channel Production. (Portions in Chinese with English subtitles, 45 minutes) DVD X2542
© notice

View this video online
UC Berkeley users only - Requires Windows Media Player or Flip4Mac

Part 3: Food is Heaven: The Plight of Chinese Farmers
In its rush to riches, China may be devouring its ability to feed its own people. This program addresses the country’s disturbing lack of food security, examining the roles played by drought, pollution, industrial development, and overwhelming demand. Viewers will accompany two lawyers as they champion disadvantaged farmers whose lands and water sources have been ruined by factory waste—a problem widespread in rural China. The film also spotlights Pan Yue, China’s outspoken Vice Minister of the Environment, and links several factors—including real estate deals, land seizures, and climate change—to the sad reality that one in eight Chinese often goes to bed hungry. A Discovery Channel Production. (Portions in Chinese with English subtitles, 45 minutes) DVD X2543
© notice

View this video online
UC Berkeley users only - Requires Windows Media Player or Flip4Mac

Part 4: Party Games: Olympic Fever and Chinese Politics
How will future historians view the 2008 Summer Olympics? Will the Beijing games be viewed as a turning point in Chinese history? Or will they be seen as a spectacular façade concealing the intractability of Chinese leadership? Filmed during China’s pre-Olympic fervor, this program follows citizens of varied ages and backgrounds as they help to shape China’s inner workings and its image on the global stage. Viewers will meet a preteen gymnast exhausted from her Olympic training, a high school girl striving to join the Communist Party, a rural mayor up for reelection, and a famous artist who, because of his father’s persecution under Mao, is uneasy about his role in designing the Olympic Stadium. A Discovery Channel Production. (Portions in Chinese with English subtitles, 45 minutes) DVD X2544
© notice

View this video online
UC Berkeley users only - Requires Windows Media Player or Flip4Mac

China: The Mandate of Heaven (Legacy).
For over 2,000 years China has been sustained by ideas virtually unchanged since the Bronze Age - Confucianism, reverence for ancestors and harmony. Despite decades Communist rule, these ideas are still alive and shaping China's present. 1991. 57 min. Video/C 3019

China: Through Mao's Eyes
Dist.: Films Media Group. 2006. 60 min. each installment

Against the Tide -- Mao's Early Years, 1893-1945 The first segment in a 4 part series spanning the dynamic, innovative, and brutal accomplishments of the revolutionary Chinese leader, Mao Zedong. Featuring rarely-seen footage from a trove of film materials kept secret for decades by Chinese authorities, the series also presents interviews--granted exclusively to the film makers--with the last surviving members of Mao's inner circle. Part one of the series covers the early years of Mao Zedong, his struggle against nationalist and foreign forces, and his consolidation of power. DVD 6196
© notice

View this video online
UC Berkeley users only - Requires Windows Media Player or Flip4Mac

The Sorcerer's Apprentice -- Founding a Republic, 1945-1959. The second segment in a 4 part series spanning the dynamic, innovative, and brutal accomplishments of the revolutionary Chinese leader, Mao Zedong. Featuring rarely-seen footage from a trove of film materials kept secret for decades by Chinese authorities, the series also presents interviews--granted exclusively to the film makers--with the last surviving members of Mao's inner circle. Part two explores the formative decades of Mao's government, the Great Leap Forward, and events leading up to the Cultural Revolution. DVD 6197
© notice

View this video online
UC Berkeley users only - Requires Windows Media Player or Flip4Mac

Not a Dinner Partry -- the Cultural Revolution, 1958-1969. The third segment in a 4 part series spanning the dynamic, innovative, and brutal accomplishments of the revolutionary Chinese leader, Mao Zedong. Featuring rarely-seen footage from a trove of film materials kept secret for decades by Chinese authorities, the series also presents interviews--granted exclusively to the film makers--with the last surviving members of Mao's inner circle. Part three examines the Cultural Revolution, its political and economic shockwaves and its human cost. DVD 6198
© notice

View this video online
UC Berkeley users only - Requires Windows Media Player or Flip4Mac

1970 and Beyond: Mao is Not Dead. The final segment in a 4 part series spanning the dynamic, innovative, and brutal accomplishments of the revolutionary Chinese leader, Mao Zedong. Featuring rarely-seen footage from a trove of film materials kept secret for decades by Chinese authorities, the series also presents interviews--granted exclusively to the film makers--with the last surviving members of Mao's inner circle. Part four recounts the Nixon-Mao diplomacy and Mao's death, and assesses the importance of Mao's rule and philosophy in 21st century China. DVD 6199
© notice

View this video online
UC Berkeley users only - Requires Windows Media Player or Flip4Mac

China: Unleashing the Dragon.50 min. each.

Deng's Legacy. The first film in a four part documentary chronicling the transformation currently sweeping over China, from its initiation by Deng Xiaoping, to the economic, social and cultural realities of today's China. This episode examines Deng's role in shaping the reformed China and includes interviews with successful entrepreneurs, businessmen, and statesmen. 1995. 50 min. Video/C 4441

The Fragile Rice Bowl. The second film in a four part documentary chronicling the transformation currently sweeping over China, from its initiation by Deng Xiaoping, to the economic, social and cultural realities of today's China. This episode examines the impact of economic changes on women and families in China by following the changes experienced by one extended family living in Shanghai. 1995. 50 min. Video/C 4442

The Soul of the Master. The third film in a four part documentary chronicling the transformation currently sweeping over China, from its initiation by Deng Xiaoping, to the economic, social and cultural realities of today's China. This episode examines how changing values and economic pressures are influencing the popular culture, arts, long-standing cultural institutions and traditions of China. 1995. 52 min. Video/C 4443

Hong Kong and the Boom Towns.The fourth film in a four part documentary chronicling the transformation currently sweeping over China, from its initiation by Deng Xiaoping, to the economic, social and cultural realities of today's China. This last episode examines what may lie ahead for China and Hong Kong when China begins to govern the island in1997. Businessmen and other citizens reflect on how the coming events will affect the cultural and economic conditions of Hong Kong. 1994. 50 min. Video/C 4444

China Trade
First segment: South African president, Nelson Mandela, discusses his plan to forge a "government of national unity." Second segment: Examines the controversy surrounding the linking of trade to human rights policy, with regard to China's "most favored nation" status, through interviews with politicians, the Dali Lama and former Chinese political prisoner, Wang Juntao. Third segment: Explores the spiritual resistance of Tibetan nuns persecuted by their Chinese occupiers through excerpts from the film "Satya: A prayer for the enemy." Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast May 14, 1994. 27 min. Video/C 6709

China Yellow, China Blue (Chine jaune, Chine bleue)
A 2-part documentary which uses historic film footage to portray the struggle and changeover between the two Chinas: rural agrarian China and coastal China founded on maritime trade. 1997.

Part I.Examines the social and political history of China from the Manchu emperors of the early 20th century, through the internal rebellion led by Sun Yat Sen, the advent of Communism in China, the resulting civil war between Nationalists and Communists and the Japanese invasion of China, up to the final defeat of the nationalists by Mao Tse-Tung in 1949. 56 min. Video/C 6608
Part II. Commences with the establishment of the People's Republic of China by Mao Tsu-tung, his social and political reforms including workers councils and communes, the internal struggles with Chou En Lai, Liu Shao Qi, and Deng Xiaoping until he regains power again in 1966 and establishes the Red Guard. After Mao's death the film profiles Hua Kuo Feng, the incident in Tiananmen Square and concludes with the industrialization of the Chinese economy in the 1990's. 55 min. Video/C 6609

China's Changing Face (Only One Earth, 7).
Examines China's attempts to create more jobs by allowing individuals to have their own small businesses. 1987. 30 min. Video/C 1670

China's Cosmopolitan Age: The Tang.
Examines the Tang dynasty, known as the golden age of Chinese history, it's contribution to the government, art, religion, philosophy, and the humanistic traditions of China, Korea, and Japan. 1992. 60 min. Video/C 3117

China's Lost Girls.
Examines the consequences of China's two-decade-old, "one-child policy" designed to curb the country's exploding population. Due to cultural, social and economic factors, traditional preference leans toward boys, so girls are often hidden, aborted, or abandoned. As a result, tens of thousands of girls end up in orphanages across China. The program follows American families as they travel to China to adopt some of these girls. c2004. 43 min. DVD 4675

China's Only Child.
Part of a NOVA series which discusses the crash program to limit population growth in China. 1984. 55 min. Video/C 650

Chinese Capitalism: Moving the Mountain.
A study of China's unique blend of communism and capitalism by examining how the Chinese themselves are adapting to the quasi-free market system. Chinese economic modernization is studied at a shoe factory, where communist worker ideals and capitalist goals coexist. It also examines the economic and social impact of the migration of 90 million rural Chinese to the cities in search of jobs, the widening gap between rich and poor, and corruption in business which is rampant. Previously issued in 1994 by BBC News & Current Affairs. 1998. 51 min. Video/C 5790

A Chinese Cracker: The Making of The Peony Pavilion in Shanghai, New York and Paris.
Written by 16th-century Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu, The Peony Pavilion is a 19-hour epic opera in 57 episodes that tells a story of youth and love triumphing over death. This program follows director Chen Shi-Zheng and the Shanghai Kunju Opera Troupe in their monumental effort of staging the entire production, an event that had not occurred in nearly four centuries. Despite resistance by the Chinese government and the project's inherent difficulties, the debut at the Lincoln Center was an overwhelming success. Coverage of rehearsals, set construction, and costume preparation is combined with interviews with Chen Shi-Zheng and his musical director Zhou Ming, who place this masterpiece in its historical and cultural context. c2001. 53 min. Video/C 8674

Chinese Foot Binding: The Vanishing Lotus.
Witnesses the experiences of Chinese women who willingly underwent years of suffering to contort their feet into an erotic symbol of beauty and eligibility, a pair of small feet -- three-inch golden lilies. Some of these women tell of the event that branded their lives, confronting the viewer with a custom that subjugated women to a brutal beauty myth. 2000. 52 min. Video/C MM401

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

Chinese Historical Ethnographic Film Series, 1957-1966
Originally made in 1957-1966; English version produced by Institut fur den Wissenschaftlichen Film Gottingen. In Chinese with English subtitles and voiceover.

The "Azhu" Marriage-System of the Naxi (Moso) from Yongning. Describes the Azhu marriage-system and matrilineal kinship of the Naxi from Yunnan Province. It documents how the Azhu marriage is practised and outlines its social background in this non-Han-chinese ethnic group. Also includes some Naxi (Moso) religious rituals like Daba shamanism, and ancestral ceremony of the Siri (matri-lineage). 1965. 61 min. Video/C 9746

The Naxi art and culture in Lijiang. Describes architecture, carving, wall-painting and other crafts of the Naxi from the Autonomous District of Lijiang in Yunnan Province. The "Dongba" script and religious "Dongba-jing" written in this script is shown. Religious songs and dances of the Naxi as well as traditional Naxi music are also documented. 1966. 31 min. Video/C 9747

Dulongzu (The Dulong). Documents the way of living of a small Tibeto-Burmese tribe, the Dulong (Drung), who live in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan. The film shows the traditional economy of the Dulong patrilineages, the ways of exchange with neighbouring tribes and the religious customs and rituals of the Dulong. 1961. 50 min. Video/C 9748

The Kawa (The Wa). Documents the way of living of an Austro-Asiatic tribe, the Kawa (Wa) who live in Yunnan Province, near the border of Myanmar. The film shows the traditional economy of the Wa, the inner-ethnic social relations of different patri-clans and villages and the religious customs and rituals of the Wa. 1958. 25 min. Video/C 9749

The Kucong People. Documents the way of living of the Yellow Kucong, a sub-group of the Lahu, who live as nomadic hunters and gatherers in the subtropic forest in Yunnan Province. The film shows the nomadic life and traditional economy of the Yellow Kucong patri-lineages and extended patri-families, the inner-ethic social relationships and traditional customs, the silent barter trade with other ethnic groups in the region and the religious ceremonies and rituals of the Yellow Kucong. 1960. 30 min. Video/C 9750

The Oroqen Documents the life of the Oroqen, a nomadic tribe in northeast China. One of China's smallest ethnic minorities, the film documents their everyday culture, material culture and the social structure of Oroqen society. It shows the Oroqen's relationship with the Anda traders, their wedding and burial ceremonies and documents shamanistic rituals. 1963. 76 min. Video/C 9751

The Hunting and Fishing Life of the Hezhe. Documents the life of the Hezhe(n) of Northeast China living on the banks of the Songhua, Huntong and Ussuri rivers. It describes their life as fishermen and anglers, their fishing methods and the tools used for it. The film also documents various Hezhe(n) customs and their religious ceremonies. 1965. 54 min. Video/C 9752

The Ewenki on the Banks of the Argun River. Documents the nomadic life of the Ewenki, a small group of hunters and gatherers in northeast China. It describes how the Ewenki go hunting with their reindeer, their everyday life and encounters of the various Ewenki sub-groups. Also shows their religious rites and customs. 1959. 31 min. Video/C 9753

The Jingpo: A Compilation of Socio-historical Research Material Documents the life of the Jingpo (called Kachin in Burma) living in Yunnan Province of Southwestern China. Their economic activities and social structures as well as their internal and external tribal relationships are described, among them blood feuds. The film also shows religious activities and several customs of the Jingpo. 1962. 48 min. Video/C 9754

The Li: A Scientific Documentary Film. Documents forms of agricultural activities of the Li living in the Wuzhi-Shan area of Hainan Island, including their characteristic system of division of labour called "He mu zhi" (common work in the fields). Also describes Li everyday life and a number of their customs. 1958. 43 min. Video/C 9755

The Serf System in the Town of Shahliq. Documents the slavery system of Uigur landowners in the village of Shahliq in the Uigur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang in Northwestern China. It describes their economic system and landownership, social structures and the exploitative property system allowing some of the Uigurs to suppress, as landowners, other Uigur social groups. 1962. 44 min. Video/C 9756

The Chinese Identity.
This program takes viewers to selected locations that embody the distinctive character of China and the symbols that represent the unique spirit reflected in China's art: the Forbidden City in Beijing, a classic Chinese garden, the sacred mountain, Huangshan. He also visits the great calligrapher Huang Maozi and Jingdezhen, the home of Chinese porcelain. 1988. 55 min. Video/C 2943

Chinese Illegal Immigrants/Kosovo
Segment one examines reistance by ethnic Albanians against Serbian occupation. The second segment is a discussion of U.S. immigration policy with Arthur Helton of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights concerning U.S. policy on Chinese illegal immigrants seeking asylum. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast June 16, 1993. 27 min. Video/C 6696

Chinese Religions (Les Religions Chinoises).
Since the dawn of history, China has offered a fertile spiritual climate for a wide range of religions and belief systems, producing Confucianism and Taoism while nurturing ancestor worship. In this program, Hans Kung seeks to understand the religions of China - officially a religion-free zone during China's period of strict Communist rule - as well as the holistically oriented practices of traditional Chinese medicine and tai chi. c2001. 57 min. Video/C 9775

Chinese Workers in Disney's World: Those With Justice
An investigation into the exploitative working conditions of workers from rural provinces of China who have immigrated to Shenzhen to work in the Hung Hing Printing Factory which has contracted to Walt Disney Company for the production of children's books. c2005. 11 min. Video/C MM997

Citizen Hong Kong: Feng yu gu yuan
Filmmaker Ruby Yang returned to Hong Kong from America to witness the transition of Hong Kong from British rule to Chinese authority. Yang enlisted the aid of five young Hong Kong residents, equipping them with cameras to record video diaries of their lives during the months immediately preceding and following the transition. Together, their stories lend a fascinating human dimension to the world events that affected the psychology and culture of a world economic power. c2000. 86 min. Video/C 7714

Colonel Jing Xing: A Unique Destiny
Depicts the world of Jin Xing as a dancer, choreographer, colonel in the People's Liberation Army and the first to have a sex change operation in China. Directed by Sylvie Levey ; produced by Arnaud Hamelin. c2001. 52 min. DVD X6941

Description from Filmakers Library catalog
The Concrete Revolution: The Other Side of the "Chinese Miracle"
Through a blend of social commentary, frank interviews and evocative imagery, examines the tremendous moral and human cost of creating a 'New China' for the 2008 Olympics. As traditional communities are bulldozed to make way for modern high-rise apartments and ancient traditions are cast aside, just who is benefitting? 2004. 61 min. DVD 5541

The Confucian Tradition
1997. 46 min. each installment

The Confucian Tradition. The first segment of a series presenting the key elements of Confucian thought in China, tracing its impact on China's most important literary form, lyric poetry. Also included are readings from the Confucian Analects and the Book of Songs as well as presentations of the lives and works of many renowned poets. Video/C MM1021

The Confucian Tradition in Literature (I).The second segment of a series presenting the key elements of Confucian thought in China, tracing its impact on China's most important literary form, lyric poetry. Also included are readings from the Confucian Analects and the Book of Songs as well as presentations of the lives and works of many renowned poets. Video/C MM1022

The Confucian Tradition in Literature (II). The third segment of a series presenting the key elements of Confucian thought in China, tracing its impact on China's most important literary form, lyric poetry. Also included are readings from the Confucian Analects and the Book of Songs as well as presentations of the lives and works of many renowned poets. Video/C MM1023

Cultural Revolution: Mao's Last Battle
Dist.: Films Media Group.

Part 1: No Rest for the Weary: Cultural Revolution and its Origins
From World War II until Mao’s death in 1976, the Chinese faced recurring hardships, the Cultural Revolution perhaps the most damaging to their traditional society. This program carefully traces the origins and implementation of Mao’s agenda of social upheaval, bringing together documentary footage and firsthand accounts from those who experienced it. Among those interviewed is Song Yongyi, a history professor at Dickinson College who left China in order to write an account of the movement. (53 minutes) East Asian PN1995.9.D6 M671 2004 video/d
© notice

View this video online
UC Berkeley users only - Requires Windows Media Player or Flip4Mac

Part 2: The Unfortunate Generation: Cultural Revolution and Beyond
Within two years of the Cultural Revolution, armed factions battled each other in Mao’s name. To avoid civil war, Mao essentially banished his zealots to the countryside. This program chronicles the Cultural Revolution, its disastrous aftermath, and the role of Mao’s wife, Jiang Qing. Scholars, diplomats, and survivors discuss the forced labor camps known as "Schools of May 7th"; the attacks on foreign consulates in Hong Kong and Beijing; China’s support of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge; and the trial of the "Gang of Four." The program concludes with Deng Xiaoping opening China to the West. (53 minutes) East Asian PN1995.9.D6 M672 2004 video/d
© notice

View this video online
UC Berkeley users only - Requires Windows Media Player or Flip4Mac

Dances with the Dragon. Part I.
The first of a two part documentary exploring US-China trade relations through frank interviews in China and the U.S. with families, street vendors and workers as well as the "professionals" in the field of U.S.-China relations. Part one introduces the subject by revealing some conflicts and common grounds on issues like the growth of trade, trade deficits, an open Chinese market, China's entry into the World Trade Organization and trade-related social problems. In English and Chinese with English subtitles. 1999. 50 min. Video/C 6333

Dances with the Dragon. Part II.
The second of a two part documentary exploring US-China trade relations through frank interviews in China and the U.S. with families, street vendors and workers as well as the "professionals" in the field of U.S.-China relations. Part two focuses on obstacles and issues related to U.S.-China trading relations such as cultural differences, intellectual property rights, human rights, China's only-child family policy and cultural exchanges, concluding with the similarities between the two countries in their expectations for the next generation. In English and Chinese with English subtitles. 1999. 53 min. Video/C 6334

Depending on Heaven. The Grasslands.
Follows a nomadic Mongolian family and their ponies, cattle and goats across the austere but spectacular grasslands of Northern China. Sensitive to every nuance of the region's harsh natural forces, this film looks eloquently at a way of life in harmony with its environment. c1987. 29 min. Video/C 8109

Depending on Heaven. The Desert.
Focuses on a family of peasant farmers living on the edge of the spreading Mongolian desert who are applying modern agricultural techniques to combat continuing erosion and to reclaim their land. 1989. 29 min. Video/C 8110

The Emperor's Eye: Art and Power in Imperial China /
Relates the priceless treasures of China's imperial Art collection in the National Palace Museum to the political climate of their time. Describes how Emperor Chienlung tried to create the world's greatest art collection as a bid for his own immortality. c1989. 58 min. Video/C 8511

Empires in Collision (The Genius that was China).
From the 15th to the 18th centuries, Europe underwent a transformation propelled by a revolution of science and technology. While many of the technologies had originated in China, it was in the Western nations that innovation turned into invention, and invention into economic, military and social expansion. Also documents the Jesuit involvement with China during 1550 - 1700 , and the Opium War of 1839. 1990. 58 min. Video/C 2132

Exil Shanghai.
During world war II six German, Austrian and Russian Jews cross paths in Shanghai. This documentary traces their lives in exile in China through interviews, documents and photos combined with scenes of contemporary Shanghai. A film by Ulrike Ottinger. 1995. 275 min. DVD 6481

Female College Students in China (South series).
A survey of current attitudes on Chinese campuses. Three women college students are interviewed. The common thread which runs through their discussion is the continued government repression of individuality or any sense of self worth. All three women look abroad for opportunities. 1991. 26 min. Video/C 3056

Description from First Run/Icarus catalog

The First Emperor of China.
Computer-interactive laser disc. 1991. 30 min. Video/D 22

First Moon.
An examination of the New Year's celebrations in modern China. Shows customs and ceremonies with centuries-old origins that are still performed. Colorful shows and parades are put on by villages and factories. The New Year festivities last for fifteen days, culminating in the Lantern Festival. 1987. 37 min. Video/C 2154

Wang, Norman. "The Long Bow Films: An Interview with Carma Hinton." Cineaste 1986, 14:4, 36-38.

Follow Your Heart: China's New Youth Movement
A revealing documentary on the work and life of successful and independent Chinese Hip-Hop artists and their cultural influence in a society rapidly changing from communism to consumerism. Clashing with both traditional Chinese values and new modern ones, these artists believe that Hip-Hop allows for the expression of freedom and being true to oneself. Furthermore, the film describes the high optimism and convictions of this new generation that will inherit a political and economic superpower. Produced and directed by Duncan Jepson.Dist.: Third World Newsreel. 89 min. DVD X5110

The Forbidden City: The Great Within
This program explores the history of imperial China through its symbolic heart: Beijing, the "Forbidden City." The program presents a visually stunning tour of the hub of the world's oldest bureaucracy and center for all Chinese government, a city containing schools, temples, theaters, exquisite gardens, and 240 acres of palaces. Period paintings, etchings, archival material and readings from 1,000 years of Imperial diaries complement this unprecedented access to a capital long closed to the outside world. 1995. 51 min. Video/C 8856

The Forbidden City.
Lucy Jarvis, the first Westerner allowed to film inside China, shows us the mystery, opulence and grandeur of the Chinese civilization and the Forbidden City in Peking. 1987. Video/C 1141

From China with Love
Her code name was "Parlor Maid," and she was an FBI "asset" for 20 years. Her information about China eventually made its way to four American presidents. Then in April of 2003, Katrina Leung and her FBI "handler," Special Agent J.J. Smith, were arrested. The government alleged that Leung was a double-agent for China and that Smith had helped her. And in a stunning announcement, the government also revealed in court filings that Smith and Leung had carried on a romantic relationship for more than two decades. 2004. 60 min. DVD 4325

From Mao to Money (Fra Mao til money)
A look at Chinese society as it is being transformed by burgeoning capitalism. What does one call the new system? Market communism or communist capitalism? And what of the growing gap between rich and poor? The super rich worry that the government will raise taxes, while the poor worry about how to feed their families, get health care and education for their children. As capitalism spreads from Bejing and Shanghai to the provinces, entrepreneurs strive for the greatest profit. 2001. 28 min. Video/C 8961

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

From Mao to Mozart.
From Mao to Mozart: Follows Isaac Stern to China where he taught classical music to Chinese students. Contains a segment on the suffering of Chinese musicians during the Cultural Revolution. Musical encounters: A poignant short film made twenty years after the original which documents Stern’s return to China. There he finds that the children he had once taught have grown to become master musicians in their own right. Directed by Murray Lerner. 1980. 84 min. DVD X3302; vhs Video/C 2146

From the Barrel of a Gun (Pacific Century; 3).
Describes the revolution began by Asia's political leaders following WW II. Shows how the Pacific war, the cultural revolution in China and the Vietnam War stem from the roots of nationalism. The end of colonial dominance and the subsequent rise of nationalism and communism are told through the lives of Ho Chi Minh, The Vietnamese revolutionary, and Sukarno, the founding father of Indonesia. 1992. 60 min. DVD 4924 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2498

ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

The Gate of Heavenly Peace.
Revisits the Tiananmen Square incident of June 4, 1989 and explores the complex political process that led to the protests and the eventual Beijing massacre. Includes still photographs, eyewitness accounts, interviews, and newsreels. Directed by Richard Gordon, Carma Hinton. 1995. 189 min. DVD X5065; vhs Video/C 4192

Center for Asian American Media catalog description
Gate of Heavenly Peace Web site

Chen, Pauline.
"Screening History: New Documentaries on the Tiananmen Events in China." Cineaste v22, n1 (Wntr, 1996):18 (5 pages).
Buruma, I. >
"The Gate of Heavenly Peace." (movie review) New York Review Of Books, 1995 Dec 21, V42 N20:4+.
Chen, P. "The Gate of Heavenly Peace." (movie review) Cineaste, 1996, V22 N1:18-22.
Goodman, Walter. "The Gate of Heavenly Peace." (television program reviews) New York Times v145 (Tue, June 4, 1996):B1(N), C22(L), col 1, 20 col in.
Holden, Stephen. "The Gate of Heavenly Peace." (movie review) New York Times v145 (Mon, Oct 16, 1995):B2(N), col 4, 15 col in.
"Just Forget About 1989." (China pressured film director Zhang Yimou to cancel his appearances at the 1995 New York Film Festival because the government is upset over the US-made film 'The Gate of Heavenly Peace')(Editorial) Los Angeles Times v114 (Thu, Sept 28, 1995):B8, col 6, 8 col in.
Lyons, D.
The 'Gate Of Heavenly Peace' (movie review) Film Comment, 1995 Nov-Dec, V31 N6:79-79.
"Rebellion on Celluloid." (support for the D.C. International Film Festival's decision to show 'The Gate of Heavenly Peace' despite protests from the Chinese government)(Editorial) Washington Post v119, n146 (Mon, April 29, 1996):A16, col 1, 6 col in.

Giant Awakes. 1994. Produced by BBC News and Current Affairs.

Chinese Capitalism: Moving the Mountain. A study of China's unique blend of communism and capitalism by examining how the Chinese themselves are adapting to the quasi-free market system. Chinese economic modernization is studied at a shoe factory, where communist worker ideals and capitalist goals coexist. It also examines the economic and social impact of the migration of 90 million rural Chinese to the cities in search of jobs, the widening gap between rich and poor, and corruption in business which is rampant. 1998. 49 min. Video/C 5790

Human Rights in China. Although China is booming economically with U.S. companies including Motorola and Boeing employing thousands in new factories, these gains have not translated into a Chinese acceptance of Western ideas concerning human rights. This program examines problems associated with China's economic reform through visits with a radio disc jockey and newspaper editors who are critical of the government's human rights record and interviews with American and Chinese businessmen and politicians. 1998. 50 min. Video/C 5791

The Path of Chinese Privatization. Fueled by profits from private businesses, the village of Ma Bei, China is booming, while at a plant up the road thousands of workers, formerly protected under the communist system, may lose their jobs under privatization. Similar situations are developing all over China, and officials are worried that workers may revolt. So they've come up with a uniquely Chinese solution: industries will gradually phase in privatization, letting fear of worker unrest dictate the pace. 1998. 51 min. Video/C 5791

Great Leap, 1965. (People's Century, 1997.)
Profiles the history of China from the revolution in 1949, through the Mao years, to the various reform and protest movements in the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's. Topics covered include Mao's 1949 takeover, the advent of collective farms, the "Great Leap Forward", the Red Guards and the Cultural Revolution. With the death of Mao came a re-emergent China's new focus on stability and increasing prosperity. Video/C 6438

The Great Step Forward: China Women in the 20th Century.
2004. 55 min. each installment

From Confucius to Mao. After illustrating how a combination of laws, customs, and Confucian philosophy had reduced Chinese women to chattels, this program examines in detail the turning points from the late 19th through mid 20th centuries that paved the way for a complete reversal in Chinese women's status. Remarkable vintage film and fascinating interviews with women whose lives have spanned the 20th century provide evidence of and insights into the harmful practices of foot-binding, arranged marriages, and polygamy; the postiive impact of the Dowager Empress, Sun Yat-sen, Mao Zedong, and China's first feminist, Qiu Jin; and the salutary effects of female education and Ibesn's A doll's house. DVD 5115

From Mao Towards Full Equality.This program offers an in-depth appraisal of how China's women's movement slowly gathered momentum under Mao Zedong's and Deng Xiao Ping's rule during the latter half of the 20th century. Outstanding footage from propaganda and documentary sources and compelling interviews with women who participated in the events of those decades reveal the hard-won gains through Communist legal and social reforms, the efforts of Madame Song Qing Ling and leading feminist He Xiang-ning, and women's rights conventions. The mixed results of the Liberation and Independence campaign, the Heroes of the Nation initiative, and the Cultural Revolution are also critically examined. DVD 5116

Great Wall Across the Yangtze (Yangtze Jiang shang de chang cheng)
In 1994, the People's Republic of China ordered the damming of the Yangtze River, a 15-year project creating the world's largest dam and hydroelectric power-plant. To China's leaders, the Three Gorges dam will propel the nation's economy into the 21st century. To critics worldwide it is a social and environmental disaster. This film investigates the profound changes the Three Gorges dam will bring to China's people, environment, and history. c2000. 60 min. DVD X887 [preservation copy] Video/C 8148

Half the Sky: Women of the Jiang Family.(Woman's Place)
Four generations of Chinese women of the Jiang family discuss the progress made by women in China, both socially and economically, in the past fifty years. 1995. 50 min. Video/C 4597

Heart of the Dragon.
Series that comments on the parallels between Chinese and American society and discusses how China is coming to terms with modernization. Each part 57 minutes.

Episode 1, Remembering. This program uses both original footage and archive material to present a broad overview of historic and modern China that serves as an introduction to the series. 1988. 57 min. DVD X1732 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1186:1

Episode 2, Caring. Explores the role of family, street, and neighborhood in the care of young and old, using a railway policeman's family in Harbin as a case study. Investigates institutions that care for those with whom the community cannot cope, and discusses the deep-rooted concepts of honor, moral conduct, and respect that govern Chinese life. 1988. 57 min. DVD X1733 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1186:2

Episode 3, Eating. Compares the markets in China's culinary capital of Canton with the more frugal and ancient agricultural technology of the hundred million people of Sichuan. Asks how long China can support a population that, despite birth control, continues to grow at an alarming rate. 1988. 57 min. DVD X1734 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1186:3

Episode 4, Believing. Explores the ancient teachings of Daoism, Buddhism and Confucianism as well as those of Marx and Mao and the influences of both traditional and modern doctrines on the daily lives of ordinary people in Shandong Province, China. 1988. 57 min. DVD X1735 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1186:4

Episode 5, Correcting. Explains the basis of the Chinese legal system as a desire to restore social harmony, rather than to punish the criminal or to protect society. Shows how the system works, and explores the social pressures in the new consumer society, including what makes a crime a crime. 1988. 57 min. DVD X1736 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1186:5

Episode 6, Working. Studies China's industrial workers, using the coal mines and railways of Datong as an example. Traces the military-style discipline in the railway, and illustrates the power of the state with a case study of an aspiring young female artist who stoically accepts the state decision to train her as a welder. 1988. 57 min. DVD X1737 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1186:6

Episode 7, Living. Investigates the life of China's peasants--over four-fifths of the one billion population. Visits the Moaping village in Zhejiang province, and follows the daily life of one family as they tend their state-allocated land and their own private plot. 1988. 57 min. DVD X1738 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1186:7

Episode 8, Marrying. Examines the societal role of the Chinese family, the changing status of women, and rural reactions to the government birth control policy of one child per family. Shows the role of the marriage broker. Filmed in Maoping village in Zhejiang province. 1988. 57 min. DVD X1739 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1186:8

Episode 9, Understanding. Discusses the disruptive effects of China's Cultural Revolution on science and technology, and points out that the limited resources of China are now directed to areas of practical value. Shows how modern science and ancient beliefs co-exist, using medicine as an example. 1988. 57 min. DVD X1740 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1186:9

Episode 10, Mediating. Explains the Chinese emphasis on society over the individual, and the importance of the family unit. 1988. 57 min. DVD X1741 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1186:10

Episode 11, Creating. Explores the world of contemporary Chinese art and the philosophic and historic influences that shaped it. 1988. 57 min. DVD X1742 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1186:11

Episode 12, Trading. The last film of the series illustrates China's changing attitudes towards business by investigating individual enterprises. Examines recent experiments with free enterprise projects at home and abroad, and poses critical questions about whether trade with the outside world can be encouraged without Western influences undermining traditional values. 1988. 57 min. DVD X1743 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1186:12

Hong Kong.
Examines, through the lives of several citizens, the factors that make Hong Kong an economic power andillustrates a common anxiety about an uncertain future when China takes control in 1997. 1991. 53 min. Video/C 3189

The Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank.
Presents a discussion of the concept, structure, management and design features of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Building designed by Foster Associates Hong Kong. 1987. 50 min. Video/C 1326

Hong Kong, The Silent Revolution: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow.
Beginning with a history of commerce in Hong Kong from the early 20th century, this film reports on the changes and revolutions in political, economic and social conditions in Hong Kong after its return to China in 1997. 1998. 59 min. Video/C 6625

Hong Kong Five Years Later: Reversal of Fortune
On July 1, 1997, as China's flag was raised over Hong Kong, the world wondered: would the former British crown colony be swallowed up by Beijing, or would it be business as usual in Asia's financial crown jewel? This program, filmed five years after the handover, takes a close look at Hong Kong's declining fortunes, due in part to sociopolitical changes and to the bursting of the Asian economic bubble. Issues deeply impacting immigration, human rights, employment, health and welfare, and freedom of the press are addressed through the opinions of influential figures and the stories of ordinary people struggling to cope with life in Chinese Hong Kong. c2002. 54 min. DVD 1980

Human Rights in China: The Search for Common Ground
Should human rights be universal? This documentary explores human rights practices in China and the response of many in the West who believe that these practices are violations of Chinese citizens' rights. Scholars, government officials, and activists do not always agree on the controversial issues within the context of China's culture, history, and economy. Features commentary from Roger Ames, Jack Donnelly, Donald Emmerson, Jia Qingquo, John Kamm, elizabeth Perry, Henry Rosemont, Richard Smith, James Tong, Wang Jiaxiang and Anthony Yu. Written, produced and directed by Raymond W. Olson. c2004. 114 min. DVD 5792

Immigrant Story
Since Hong Kong reverted to Chinese rule, hundreds of thousands of immigrants from mainland China have immigrated hoping to improve their lives. This film examines this population movement through the experience of one family. The father and children of the Lo family leave their wife/mother in Southern China and immigrate to Hong Kong where they live in an overcrowded district with its share of health problems, drugs and crime. Although they miss Mrs. Lo terribly, they agree that despite the hardships, the sacrifices they are making are necessary for a better future. 2000 c1999. The father and children of 1998. 23 min. Video/C 7899

In Search of China
"Illuminates the profound consequences of China's commitment to build a free market system and the resultant unleashing of the dynamism, energy, and entrepreneurial spirit of the Chinese people ... goes beyond the impressive statistics of economic growth to tell the human story of China today." c2000. 90 min. Video/C 7551

In the Name of the Emperor.
Presents Japanese war crimes and discusses the Nanking Massacre and comfort women who were forced into prostitution during World War II. 1996. 51 min. DVD X886 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 4363

Inner Visions: Avant-Garde Art in China.
Set in Beijing, this documentary examines artists in post-Mao China who are turning inward, looking at their own emotions and personalities as a source of artistic inspiration. This inward focus, learned from Western philosophy and modern art concepts is considered avant-garde. Throughout, the narrator provides a historical and social context for the rise of modern art in China, and the artists share their histories from childhood during the Cultural Revolution to coming of age as China opens its doors to the West. 1993. 29 min. Video/C 3597

National Educational Film & Video Festival 1994 (Bronze Apple)

Inside China I (Disappearing World).
Uses firsthand accounts to create a unique portrait of life in China, which is home to a quarter of the world's population. The lives of two families, the Dings and the Zhus, who live near Wuxi in southwest China, are affected daily by the social and political changes that are taking place in their country. 1983. 52 min. DVD 7819 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 3433

Inside China II (Disappearing World)
Continues the story of the Dings and the Zhus, two families living near Wu-hsi, Kiangsu Province, southeast China who were first interviewed in Inside China: living with the revolution. Filmed at work and at home, these people show the human side of the political and social changes that have swept China this century. 1991. 52 min. DVD 7820 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 3434

Inside Red China
A documentary by the first American correspondent to film China under Communism. Highlights include visits to Beijing, Guandong, Shanghai, the Great Wall, the Yangtze River, Nanking University, the Changchung Auto Plant, slum and sampan dwellers, a modern hospital and acupuncture, co-op farms, Chairman Mao Tze Tung and Premier Chou En-lai. Also presents anti-American propaganda prevalent in China in the 1960s and concludes with the National Day Parade before the Forbidden City and its giant fireworks finale. 1957. 52 min. Video/C 9344

Interesting Times

Description of the video from Filmakers Library catalog

The Secret Of My Success. Documentary about the irrepressible Lu Guo Hua, rice farmer and birth control officer in a small village in northeastern China. When the village head criticizes him for overlooking a villager's third pregnancy, Mr. Lu swings into action as the local "kingmaker," organizing the opposition in the upcoming local election. A glimpse into village life and the first stirrings of local democratic politics in modern China. 55 min. Video/C MM137

The War of Love. Documentary about Hu Yanping, whose job at a government run women's agency in Beijing is to provide advice to women in unhappy marriages, most of whom are seeking divorces. In her free time Ms. Hu runs a thriving dating service. Despite, or maybe because of what she hears in her day job, she hopes that the husbands and wives she's brought together will be happy growing old together. 45 min. Video/C MM138

Xiao's Long March. Documentary about an unemployed eighteen year-old Chinese boy who was an indifferent student and now, without a university education, has no prospects for a decent job. Tired of living with his nagging parents he takes the only way out he sees; he joins the army. 39 min. Video/C MM139

This Happy Life. Documentary about two employees of the Chinese State Railway, Mr. Fu and Mr. Liu, who have stressful jobs. Mr. Fu's unhappy family life is contrasted with that of Mr. Liu, who has a loving wife and son, but who takes on enormous debts to move them into a new apartment. An intimate look into the every day lives of contemporary Chinese workers struggling to get a foothold in the middle class and find some measure of happiness. 39 min. Video/C MM139

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance: Korea, China, Mongolia.
For complete listing of contents, consult GLADIS under series title: f se JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. 1988. 49 min. ea. Video/C 3514-3518

Lao tou (Old Men)
Presents an intimate ethnographic portrait of elderly men in China. When the filmmaker moved to Beijing, she noticed a fixture of the community -- a group that athered daily at the curbside. They met promptly in the mornings to sit in the sun and chat, would go home for lunch and return immediately, remaining until 5:00 p.m. Although they no longer labor for their nation or for the Communist party they cannot escape the need for routine. Those that remain often refer to themselves as hopeless and useless. 1999. 94 min. Video/C MM116

First Run/Icarus catalog description

Last Train Home
Every year in China the same dramatic ritual takes place: In the factory towns of the south, millions of migrant factory workers fight for space on overcrowded trains, trying to return home for the Chinese New Year. The Zhangs have lived this way for twenty years. They barely know their own children, who are being raised by relatives back home. This year, the tenous family model has broken and they travel with additional purpose: they must bring home their runaway teenage daughter, so that she can return to school and not have to spend the rest of her life in a factory. Directed by Lixin Fan. 2009. 87 min. DVD X5242

Losers and Winners
A look at the dismantling of the Kaiserstuhl coke factory in Germany's Ruhr Valley. Despite being only eight years old, the factory was shut down and sold to a Chinese investor when importing coke became less expensive than producing it. The film shows the Chinese workers sent over to take the plant apart for later reconstruction in China, and looks at the conflict of cultures between themselves and the German shutdown managers during the ensuing eighteen months. Directed by Ulrike Franke, Michael Loeken. 2006. 96 min. DVD X1981

Description from Icarus Films Catalog

Shot on location in remote villages of Hong Kong, this video presents the dilemma of a boundfoot woman in 1914 China who must decide if she will bind her daughter's feet. 1996. 27 min. Video/C 4253

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Made in China
Follows the filmmaker on an international journey to uncover his white American father's remarkable childhood in pre-Mao China. This personal documentary uncovers the story of Caucasian children who grew up with a foot in two cultures, spoke Chinese as a first language, and lived with war and unrest outside their doorstep. As he searches to understand his father he discovers what 'home' really means. Written, produced and directed by John Helde. c2008. 70 min. DVD X5003

Mao-The Long March to Power.
Discussion of Mao's rise to power and his role in Chinese political history. 1978. 34 min. Video/C 812

Mao: The Real Man.
Using old newsreel footage, photos, documents and well known historical facts, this "documentary" film plays a game with history and the viewer in an experiment proving that even the greatest nonsense can be made believable when supported by such "evidence" all depends on context and presentation. "Nothing is true in the were part of an experiment"--Closing credits.

"The century's greatest political mysteries explained! The strange history of Maos' Chicago gangster brother and evil doppelganger revealed! And what about those recent sitings of Elvis and the beatific 103 year old Mao in a Dubuque K-Mart? Film maker Szilveszter Siklosi's hilariously demented brand of historical revisionism interweaves "real" history, carefully edited archival footage, fake "expert witnesses,"and straightfaced academic blather to demonstrate that in an age of electronic reproduction, anything is possible and everything is dangerously close to believable." (G. Handman, American Libraries, March 1997) 1994. 54 min. Video/C 4637

The Mao Years.
This documentary recounts the advent of Communist Party rule in China and the attempts by Mao Tse-Tung to modernize China which resulted in famine, the repression of individual freedoms and in later years the advent of limited captialism. Includes interviews with Chinese citizens who comment upon their individual experiences. 1994. 120 min. Video/C 3408

ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

Mao's Little Red Video
This film, a product of Red China's Cultural Revolutionary era when radical thinking strove to turn China's immense population into martyrs for Chairman Mao's ideals, depicts atomic and nuclear bomb testing in the 1960's. The film shows Chinese soldiers engaged in strenuous training for post-nuclear attack, while wearing gas-masks. The great lie of the film is that the radioactive fallout from a nuclear blast will not kill them. 1988. 52 min. Video/C 5754

Mardi Gras: Made in China
Filmed on location in Fuzhou, China and New Orleans, Louisiana, the film follows "The Bead Trail" backwards from the bacchanalia at Mardi Gras to the factories in Fuzhou where the beads are made. The film comments on the inequities of globalization by illuminating the clash of cultures by juxtaposing American excess and consumer culture against the harsh life of the Chinese factory worker. This version includes post-Hurricane Katrina updates. Special features: Deleted scenes from the factory and Mardi Gras (ca. 4 min.) ; additional interviews with factory workers Ling Ling, Ga Hong, and Lio Lina, and New Orleans bead artist, John Lawson ; Mardi Gras short (ca. 7 min.). Directed, produced, and edited by David Redmon. c2008. 74 min. DVD X4171

The Men Who Would Conquer China.
How does one buy companies owned by the state of China, support that country's transition to capitalism, and make a fortune at the same time? This film follows the exploits of New York banker Mart Bakal and Hong Kong businessman Vincent Lee as they attempt to launch a multinational venture in China over a three-year period. A film by Nick Torrens and Jane St. Vincent Welch. 79 min. c2004. Video/C MM504

Ming Garden.
Shows the installation, by Chinese craftsmen, of a Ming-style garden in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. These gardens have been constructed in China for hundreds of years and are renowned for their unusual rock sculptures and their elegant architectural and decorative elements. The techniques involved in the construction of these gardens are revealed in this film. 1983. 28 min. Video/C 2948

Mini Dragons.
Knows as the "mini-dragons", the Pacific Rim countries of Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong are vigorous newcomers in the global marketplace. This series explores the personal stories within each nation and the region as a whole. Reflected are Asian as well as Western sensibilities. 1991. 54 min. ea. Video/C 3186 - 3189

Mongols, Storm from the East
A four part documentary on the history of the Mongol invasions in the thirteenth century. 1993. 46 minutes each.

Mongols, Storm from the East, Part 1: Birth of an Empire. Examines how Genghis Khan emerged from obscurity, united the Mongol tribes under his banner, and transformed an obscure nomadic people into a formidable fighting machine. It traces his spectacular campaigns through northern China, central Asia, Afghanistan, Georgia and Russia, which set down the foundations of a powerful empire. 1993. 46 min. Video/C 8361

Mongols, Storm from the East, Part 2: World Conquerors. Explores the power and influence of the Mongol Empire, under the rule of Khan and his son Ogodei. Karakorum, the capital of the Mongol Empire, was constructed enabling the Khan to consolidate his power. Within a few years, Northern China was conquered and the Mongol invasions spread into Russia, followed by the invasion of Poland, and then the defeat of the European warrior monks. 1993. 46 min. Video/C 8362

Mongols, Storm from the East, Part 3: Tartar Crusaders. Explores Europe's initial response to the Mongol onslaught, which was to presume it some form of divine retribution to punish a sinful world. Covers the conflicts among Christian crusaders, Muslims of the Middle East, and Mongolian invaders, all vying for occupation of the "Holy Land". Many Mongols eventually settled there, converting to Islam and contributing to a rich culture. 1993. 46 min. Video/C 8363

Mongols, Storm from the East, Part 4: The Last Khan of Khans. Covers the reign and the influence of Kublai Khan the last of the great Khans, who, though still convinced of the Mongol's destiny to rule the world, was more influential in promoting a rich and diverse culture in China, and trade between China and the West, than in waging war. Concludes with a look at modern Mongolia, where, faced with great insecurity in the present and foreseeable future, the past and Genghis Khan are evoked and worshipped. 1993. 46 min. Video/C 8364

Monkey King Looks West.
This colorful production contrasts the rich heritage of Chinese opera with the day-to-day realities of its emigre performers in New York's Chinatown. Having come to America, these performers cannot support themselves through their art, but they are determined to keep it alive, working at menial jobs during the day, but in their spare time performing and teaching Chinese Opera. 1989. 42 min. Video/C 6788

Morning Sun (Ba jiu dian zhong de tai yang)
This film attempts to create an inner history of the Great Chinese Proletarian Cultural Revolution (c.1964-1976). It provides a multi-perspective view of a tumultuous period as seen through the eyes -- and reflected in the hearts and minds -- of members of the high-school generation that was born around the time of the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, and that came of age in the 1960s. Others join them in creating the film's conversation about the period and the psycho-emotional topography of high-Maoist China, as well as the enduring legacy of that period. c2003. 117 min. Video/C MM362

Moving the Mountain.
Directed by Michael Apted, 1994. Captures the power and passion of the Chinese student demonstrations for democracy in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China during May 1989. Newsreel footage, dramatic re-enactments and extensive input from the actual student leaders are to paint a portrait of courage, conviction and commitment. 1995. 83 min. DVD 499; also on VHS Video/C 4164

New York Review of Books v42, n20 (Dec 21, 1995):4 (4 pages).
Beijing Review v35, n1 (Jan 6, 1992):36 (2 pages).

The Musical Steppes of Mongolia
Ethnomusicologist Alain Desjacques takes us on a pilgrimmage to find and record the best traditional musicians and singers on the steppes of Mongolia. Set against stunning vistas of the rugged terrain, the film captures not only the music, but the details of daily life -- hospitality customs, food preparation, games, and care of the herds of horses, yaks, camels and sheep. 51 min. Video/C 8785

Tells the story of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China in the early days of World War II and focuses on the efforts of a small group of unarmed Westerners who established a Safety Zone where over 200,000 Chinese found refuge. Told through deeply moving interviews with Chinese survivors, archival footage, and chilling testimonies of Japanese soldiers, interwoven with staged readings of the Westerners' letters and diaries. Directed by Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman. 2007. 90 min. DVD 9884

Nanjing: Memory and Oblivion (Nankin: la memoir et l'oubli)
Although the Nanjing Massacre, a series a war crimes committed by Japanese troops in China's capital during the second Sino-Japanese War, occurred seventy years ago, the nature and extent of these atrocities remains the subject of continuing debate and the source of political tensions between China and Japan. This film uses archival footage and photos, interviews with Chinese survivors and eyewitnesses, former Japanese soldiers, and both Chinese and Japanese government officials, historians and lawyers, to document the events ... and to show how the interpretation of this history has become politicized. A Film by Michaël Prazan. c2006. 53 min. DVD 8649

Description from First Run Icarus catalog

Nanjing Nightmares
The Japanese subjugation of the capital of China in 1937-38 has been called "The Rape of Nanjing" or the "Nanjing Atrocity." It is considered one of the most brutal, sadistic acts of war in modern history and caused psychological repercussions to succeeding generations of Chinese. This documentary recounts the historical events leading up to the terrifying occupation: the growth of China's capital city, Nanjing; the expansionist ambitions resistance by the Chinese army in the defense of Shanghai. Archival film footage depicts the full horror of the genocide in Nanjing, in which some 300,000 people were killed and 80,000 women were raped, in a one month period. 2000. 45 min. Video/C 8786

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

No Sex, No Violence, No News: The Battle to Control China's Airwaves
Examines the battle to control China's television airwaves. Working with a government that allowsnothing of social or political import to be broadcast, entrepreneurs from Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia bring their full complement of consumerism and mindless entertainment to the millions of Chinese greedy for a glimpse of the outside world. 1995. 55 min. Video/C 8787

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

Nu-Shu: A Hidden Language of Women in China
Nu-Shu is a secret written language used only by women in the Hunan Province of China. Using fans, tapestries and quilts as their blank pages, the women of the Yao people managed to discuss issues of the day in a semi-phonetic script that is now centuries, if not millennia, old. Passed down from generation to generation, it was "discovered" in the 1960s and nearly destroyed during the Cultural Revolution and finally was given serious study in the late 1980s. c1999. This tape contains both 58 min. and 47 min. versions of the same program. Video/C 7846

Old Treasures From New China.
Portrays China's evolution from a primitive society through the Yuan dynasty. Selections from a 1975 traveling archaeological exhibit are shown. 1977. 55 min. Video/C 63

On the Move: The Central Ballet of China
Follows the Central Ballet of China's first trip to New York, as the dancers introduce Chinese ballet to Americans and learn about the many forms of American dance. 1988. 60 min. Video/C 6547

Out of Phoenix Bridge
Follows two years in the lives of four young women from the village of Phoenix Bridge, who have come to Beijing for work. Although they work long hours as maids or street vendors and share a tiny room, they savor these years -- between living as a daughter at home and returning to the village to marry -- as probably the freest time of their lives. In intimate ) footage, they frankly discuss their experiences with men, work issues and pressures from home, as they straddle traditional and modern roles, exemplifying the conflicts between the swift changes in women's roles in China and other developing nations. 1997. 120 min. Video/C 9596

Description from Women Make Movies catalog

Paradise on Earth. Ancient Spirits, China and Japan. (Nature Perfected, the Story of the Garden; 1-2).
In Paradise on earth the search for the perfect garden takes the viewer from a mountain corn patch in to the emperor's private park in Tokyo. Film explores Japan's Shinto shrines, the water lilies that inspired Monet in France, the regal avenues of Versailles and the majesty of nature's perfect garden, Yosemite. Ancient spirits, China and Japan examines the gardens of China which has the oldest garden tradition in the world. In a tour of exquisite gardens, the viewer learns the role of water and rocks in the Chinese sanctuary and how Chinese methods are splendidly adapted to the Japanese landscape. 1995. 55 min. Video/C 4118

The Peony Pavilion
This Chinese opera presents a romantic and poetic love story about a woman who returns from the dead to reunite with her true love. This is an abridged version of the epic masterpiece. Combines acting, singing, dance, aerobatics, stilt-walking, puppetry, recitation, pagentry and martial arts. Videodisc release of the 2000 PBS television show. Cast: Qian Yi, Wen Yuhang. 120 min. DVD 825

Peony Pavilion Symposium. UC Berkeley, March 6-7, 1999. [Online audiorecording] See Theater History and Criticism videography

People of Western China
This film is centered around the life and work of a community in Western China in 1940, and shows how advancements in technology and science are both changing and intermixing with many of the ancient ways of China. 11 min. DVD X54

The People's Court: Introducing the Rule of Law in China
Facing mounting domestic and international pressure for a fair and transparent framework of laws, China is racing to reshape the rules of its Communist society. Hundreds of thousands of judges and lawyers have been trained in the past 25 years, but with senior judges under direct control of the state and citizens taking to the streets in record numbers, this transformation has been anything but easy. This unprecedented Wide Angle report takes viewers inside courtrooms and law schools in China as it follows itinerant judges, law students, a human rights lawyer, and ordinary Chinese citizens seeking justice. In addition, Alice Young, a corporate lawyer with more than 30 years of experience in Asia and a partner at Kaye Scholer LLP, discusses China’s emerging legal system with Daljit Dhaliwal. (57 minutes) DVD X2545
© notice

View this video online
UC Berkeley users only - Requires Windows Media Player or Flip4Mac

The People's Republic of Capitalism Host: Ted Koppel. 2008. 44 min. each installment

The Fast Lane.
China will soon become the world's largest producer of cars as well as the biggest market for new cars. Chinese automakers are planning an assault on the U.S. market with low-cost cars, hoping to have them in showrooms by next year. Koppel shows why foreign manufacturers like GM and Ford are attracted to China while interviewing Chinese automakers. DVD X2953

It's the Economy, Stupid
This program explores the social, ethical, and environmental problems that have emerged in the China's dramatic rise to superpower status. Ted Koppel takes a detailed look at pollution and also interviews businessmen and Chinese officials about bribery and the government’s inconsistent punishments for it. Meanwhile, a visit to a remote village highlights ongoing poverty in rural China. DVD X2954

The People's Republic of China: The First Twenty-five Years [sound recording]
A lecture originally delivered at the University of California, Berkeley in October 1974. Professor of Political Science at UCB, John Bryan Starr, describes the goals of the People's Republic of China since 1949 through three sets of interrelated sequences of crisis-handling and describes the methods employed in handling them. He also touches briefly on propaganda and guerrilla warfare, Mao's view of human nature, works attributed to Mao, nuclear policy, class distinctions and the position of women in China. 59 min. Sound/C 1653

Please Vote For Me: An Experiment in Democracy by Chinese 8-year-olds
Two males and a female vie for office. They indulge in low blows, character assassination and gestures of goodwill, all while gauging their standing with voters. The setting is a third-grade classroom at an elementary school in the city of Wuhan in central China. Chronicles a public school's first open elections. A film by Don Edkins and Weiju Chen. 2007. 55 min. DVD X27

Public & Private Realms in rural Wenzhou, China
Examines how the privatized market economy in southeastern China has paradoxically led to the emergence of a new public spirit as peasants and merchants donate money to nongovernmental organizations. The NGOs examined here include a lineage association, a deity temple, a private school, old people's association and a Catholic church. Includes interviews with a wide range of Chinese, as well as contemporary scenes of daily life, a rural market and a factory. 1994. 52 min. Video/C MM715

Red Capitalism.
An economic revolution is turning China into the world's largest economy. The birthplace of Chinese capitalism is Shenzhen which has exploded from a farming village to an industrial center of 3 million people.This film shows how Western corporations are moving factories to Shenzhen to profit from cheap labor and join one of the world's largest consumer markets. There are 58,000 joint venture corporations - from Proctor & Gamble to Volkswagen - for an annual economic growth of ten percent. So desirable is it to work in Shenzhen that the city must be patrolled to keep out the teeming hopefuls. Scientists are working as clerks, and teachers on assembly lines because they earn more doing menial work here. This Mecca of free enterprise has its seamy side. Crime and prostitution abound. Yet from Avon salesladies to manic millionaires, its inhabitants exhibit boundless enthusiasm for the future. 1994. 60 min. DVD X7095; Video/C 6335

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

Rise of the Dragon. (The Genius that was China)
This program provides an overview of the political and cultural history of China from 1000-1500, highlighting its ancient technological and scientific innovations. It examines why ancient China was so far ahead of the western world and why it lost it's lead to the western world. 1990. 58 min. Video/C 2131

Salisbury's Report on China: The 40th Anniversary of the Revolution.
A three part series examining China's politics and government over the past 4 decades. Pt. 1- The leaders of the revolution, pt. 2- Slogans and policies, pt. 3- From liberalization to crackdown. 180 minutes, 3 cassettes. 1989. 180 min. Video/C 1444

ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

Sentimental Imperialists (Pacific Century; 9).
Examines the stereotypic attitudes of Westerners towards Asia from 1776 to the present. Presents specific case studies of the U.S. relationships with China and the Philippines. 1992. 60 min. DVD 4930 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2504

ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

Shanghai, Paradise for Adventurers
In the period between the first and second world wars, nightclubs never closed in Shanghai and hotels supplied heroin with room service. No passport was required. Refugees of war, poverty and politics wandered the streets among the gangstes, prostitutes and cops. Bonus content: In-depth interviews with key historians and writers; Audio commentary track by filmakers Ted Remerowski and Marrin Canell. 2006. 45 min. DVD 5391

Shanghai, The New Chinese Way (Shanghai, la nueva via China)
A beneficiary of post-Maoist economic reform, Shanghai has been modernizing at a remarkable rate as foreign investment pours into the city. This program tracks the progress of Shanghai's makeover through the diverse voices of its citizens -- children of modernity, swept up in the economic revolution, and elders who have witnessed the evolution of Chinese communism over the course of the 20th century. Will Shanghai succeed in its bid to become the new financial and cultural capital of Asia? Originally produced by Television Espanola in 2000. 52 min. DVD 2322

Shoot for the Contents.
Ponders questions of power and change, politics and culture, as refracted by Tienanmen Square events and offers at the same time an inquiry into the creative process of filmmaking, intricately layering Chinese popular songs and classical music, the sayings of Mao and Confucius, women's voices and the words of artists, philosophers and the cultural workers. Produced by Jean-Paul Bourdier and Trinh T. Minh-ha ; directed, written and edited by Trinh T. Minh-ha. 1991. 102 min. Video/C 6218

600 Millennia: China's History Unearthed.
Documents a 1974 touring exhibition of Chinese antiquities and archaeological finds of the People's Republic of China. Producer, director and writer, Loni Ding Welsh. 1975. 2 parts, 89 min. DVD X1193 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 44

Small Happiness: Women of a Chinese Village.
An exploration of sexual politics and the reality of life in contemporary rural China. Chinese women of Long Bow speak frankly about footbindings,the new birth control policy, work, love and marriage. 1987. 58 min. Video/C 1910

Wang, Norman. "The Long Bow Films: An Interview with Carma Hinton." Cineaste 1986, 14:4, 36-38.

Snakeheads: Chinese "People Smugglers"
Journalists Jon Alpert and Ying Chan travel to China's Fujian province where they interview smugglers or "snakeheads," whom Chinese pay to sneak them into the United States. Once in the U.S. these illegal immigrants face long stays in INS detention centers, an inability to find work except in sweatshops, illegally low pay and horrid living conditions. Concludes with an interview with refugee expert, Arthur Helton and Ying Chan about the issue. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast April 17, 1996. 27 min. Video/C 6729

Something for Everyone.
Exploration of the structure and workings of a Chinese commune. 1978. 28 min. Video/C 903

Song of the Bicycle.
China is the land of 370 million bicycles, they are essential to the livelihood of many Chinese. This film is an insightful look at the divide in Chinese and Western lifestyles as manifested in the simple use of bicycles. 1991. 17 min. Video/C 3048

Description of this video from First Run/Icarus catalog

Student Protest in China: Friday, May 5, 1989; ABC News
News film of Chinese students filling Tiananmen Square in a peaceful protest aimed at the Chinese government. The changing climate in China and the possibility of political repercussions are discussed through interviews with professors and Chinese activists. 1989. 23 min. Video/C 5755

Sunrise over Tiananmen Square.
A sumptuous blend of autobiography, cultural and political history by artist and filmmaker Shui-Bo Wang. It traces his roots and life journey -- his past as a Red Guard during the Cultural Revolution, his service in the military as a propaganda poster artist, and his teaching experiences in the 1980's. A committed member of the Communist Party throughout, it was not until he was exposed to rural poverty that he began to question the effectiveness of Communism. Four months after the massacre in Tiananmen Square, Shui-Bo Wang left China for North America. 1998. 29+ min. Video/C 6223

Presents the Yangtze Delta city as the center of Chinese culture and aesthetics. 1980. 28 min. Video/C 312

Swing in Beijing.
A comprehensive survey of creative life in contemporary Beijing that captures a remarkable impression of the current state of fine and performing arts, revealing a city in transition. Incorporates interviews with artists, filmmakers and musicians, along with clips of films and plays, paintings and other artwork in galleries and studios. 2000. 54 min. Video/C 8188

Taiwan (Mini-Dragons II).
Examines Taiwan's economic success and the political changes since the lifting of martial law. Asks whether the economic miracle can be sustained amidst the turmoil of political democratization. 1991. 54 min. Video/C 3187
Tank Man
On June 5, 1989, one day after Chinese troops expelled thousands of demonstrators from Tiananmen Square, a solitary, unarmed protester stood his ground before a column of tanks advancing down the Avenue of Eternal Peace. Captured by Western photographers, this extraordinary confrontation became an icon of the fight for freedom around the world. Filmmaker Antony Thomas investigates the identity, fate, and significance of the tank man. Contents: 1. Prologue -- 2. Tens of millions of protestors -- 3. The theater of massacre -- 4. China's rise -- 5. Two Chinas -- 6. The struggle to control information. Originally broadcast as a segment of the television program Frontline on April 11, 2006. 90 min. DVD 8372

Taste of China
Director, Michael Lerner. 2005.

Masters of the Wok
Looks behind the scenes as Chinese master chefs prepare a twenty-eight-course banquet. Also visits an exotic spice market and a cooking academy for new chefs in Sichuan Province. Explores the relationship between Chinese cuisine and traditional Chinese culture. 29 min. DVD X3257

Berkeley Media LLC catalog description

Food for Body and Spirit
Investigates the impact of religious influences of Chinese cuisine. Take the viewer into a Taoist temple kitchen and an herbal medicine restaurant. A visit to a monastery illustrates the role of Buddhism in the development of China's extensive and elaborate vegeterian cuisine. 28 min. DVD X3258

Berkeley Media LLC catalog description

The Family Table
Views the contrasting lives of two Chinese families: a four-generation rural family in a Sichuan village and a modern, single-child family in urban Hangzhou, by showing the routines of their daily meals. 29 min. DVD X3259

Berkeley Media LLC catalog description

Water Farmers
Shows how in the Yangzi River Delta water has completely shaped the Shaoxing farmers' unique way of life. Follows the farmers through their daily activities on the waterways as they harvest lotus, farm fish and pearls, and make the region's famous rice wine. Emphasizes the traditional harmonious relationship between the Chinese people and their environment. 28 min. DVD X3260

Berkeley Media LLC catalog description

Tea Fortunes (Commodities; 3).
Documents the history of the tea industry in China, India, Sri Lanka, and East Africa. Profiling Sir Thomas Lipton, it shows how he and his competitors controlled every stage of tea manufacture, from planting to blending, packaging to retailing. Today India controls its exports of tea, Sri Lanka has nationalized its tea estates, Zimbabwe's state-run plantations generate some cash in rural areas while women in China work for some of the lowest wages in the world producing tea for western blends. 1986. 52 min. Video/C 3496

The Taiwan New Cinema
A documentary focusing on the two stages of motion pictures produced in Taiwan: beginnings and foundation building of the 1980s and the pluralistic creativity of the 1990s. Includes interviews with directors and film critics, extensive clips from films and commentary on the relationship between Taiwanese cinema and social development of the society. Commentary: Hou Hsiao-hsien, Tsai Ming-liang, Stan Lai, Ang Lee, Wang Toon, Peggy Chiao, Edmond K. Y. Wong, Lee Tain-dow, Hsu Hsiao-ming, Ho Ping , Wu Nien-Jen, Chen Yun-hou, Edward Yang, Chang Yi, Ko T-cheng. 1998. 71 min. Video/C 9597

30 Seconds of Gold: Advertising on Chinese TV
Once a year, companies seeking dominant positions in China's market face off on CCTV, the most watched station on the 410 million televisions in China. The show "Hero's Golden Showcase" is part of the annual auction CCTV holds for its commercial slots. Around 100 domestic and foreign companies participate in this auction and its revenues last year reached US$640 million. In the huge Chinese market, companies cannot afford to miss out on the make-or-break ad slots on CCTV. By taking a close look at the CCTV auction and the companies bidding, we offer an up-to-date view of China in its embrace of market economics. 2006. 50 min. DVD 6978

Description from Filmakers Library catalog
Three Films
Dreams from China (1989, 30 min.): A diary-like film essay of daily life in China immediately before the Tiananmen Square incident. House of unAmerican activities (1983, 17 min.): A profile of the filmmaker's father, a German-Jewish refugee, distinguished sailor in the U.S. Navy during WWII and American Communist who was tried by the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities. Dream Documentary (1981, 5 min.): Using excerpts from other films the filmmaker creates a surreal and foreboding societal landscape. c1994. 52 min. Video/C 7706

To Taste a Hundred Herbs: Gods, Ancestors, and Medicine in a Chinese Village.
Focuses on a Catholic doctor in a small village in China and shows how he combines traditional Chinese and Western medical procedures in his practice . Tells how the complex decollectivization policies in China are changing life there. 1986. 58 min. Video/C 2156

The Two Coasts of China (Pacific Century; 1).
Discusses the clash of Western and Chinese cultures as China's ports were transformed into trading centers and technological advances displaced traditional ways of working and living. As a result of China's slowness to change, her power and influence over the Pacific theater quickly diminished, and Japan stepped into the forefront. Stories of the Mongol Invasions, Opium Wars and the Boxer Rebellion are recreated using original production footage shot in Mongolia, China, Japan and Southeast Asia. 1992. 60 min. DVD 4922 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2496

ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

This documentary shows 5 examples where young people born in the Chinese countryside have left for the city. 1. A factory at Xiaolan Town, Zhongshan, Guangdong Province: Many young people from farming communities leave home to find work in factories. 2. Yiwu International trade City, Zhejiang Province: An advantaged geographic location gives this city an opportunity to connect the "world factory" to the "world market;" and local farmers' lands. Some of them have engaged in the wholesale business, and find themselves to be nouveaux riches, with lifestyles nothing like that of their farming past. 3. A college town in Shanghai: In the past, it was the promise of a good education that motivated young people to leave their land; now, the situation has changed. 4. Another way to change one's destiny: Join the military. 5. A village in Luoyang, Henan Province: All young farmers have left to work in the cities, leaving only children, women, and the elderly. Young people returning from the cities to help with the harvest have left hastily, leaving an elder, talking solitarily to the camera. Director, Du Haibin. 2007. 93 min. DVD X257

Description from Icarus Films catalog

Up the Yangtze
A "farewell cruise" takes a luxury ship up the vast Yangtze River shortly before completion of the massive Three Gorges Dam. The passengers glimpse a rapidly changing countryside, while the local people struggle to adapt as their lives are irrevocably altered. Presents a human dimension to the wrenching changes facing an increasingly globalized China. Special features: Time-lapse flood footage of the Yangtze River (3 min.); "Research Demo" footage (9 min.); deleted scenes (25 min.); theatrical trailer (2 min.). Directed by Yung Chang. 2007. 93 min. DVD X709

The Warriors of Qiugang
Villagers in a remote district of central China take on a chemical company that is poisoning their water and air. For five years they fight to transform their environment and as they do, they find themselves transformed as well. Directed by Ruby Yang. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 2010. 39 min. DVD X6360

The Way to My Father's Village.
A video by Richard Fung. By means of interviews with family members, a Chinese-Canadian traces his family origins back to the village in China where his father was born. 1988. 38 min. Video/C 3772

White Gold, Black Market, (Commodities; 1:2).
From 1650 onwards the British seized control of the seas and international trade. Opium exports from India to China financed the British East India Company's administration of India and paid for imports of tea, porcelain, and silk. A dramatized story of thetrading companies' determination to impose their will on China and to control its markets. 1986. 26 min. Video/C 3494

Wild Horses of Mongolia with Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts, who shares a passion for horses with the Mongolian people, accepts an invitation to spend several weeks with a nomadic family, and learns first hand about the wild horses that have been such an important part of their lives for millennia. c2000. 60 min. Video/C 7727

Will the Dragon Rise Again? (The Genius That Was China).
This program shows that contemporary China has made an effort to master the modern and technological skills needed to survive in a global market, although it still lags behind the Western world and Japan. Also addresses the issues of scientific technology and political goals. 1990. 58 min. Video/C 2134

Woman Being
Examines the changing concepts of beauty and sexuality for women in modern China and shows how Western pop culture is affecting their expectations and self-worth. Explores the rise of a new super-feminine, highly sexualized ideal. 1997. 20 min. Video/C 6568

Women of the Yellow Earth.
A documentary film concerning the quality of life for rural Chinese women and their families on the remote Loess Plateau. It introduces us to two village women, one who has just delivered her third child and is in trouble with the family planning officials who force her to undergo sterilization. The other is about to be married by arrangements with a matchmaker. Film gives a picture of how the state intercedes in family life, with its regulations and penalties for non-compliance. 1995. 50 min. Video/C 3970

The Women's Kingdom
Keepers of the last matriarchal societies in the world, Mosuo women in a remote area of southwest China live beyond the strictures of mainstream Chinese culture -- enjoying great freedoms and carrying heavy responsibilities. Filmmaker Xiaoli Zhou takes a fascinating journey into the heart of The Women's Kingdom to discover a society of powerful women whose future is on the brink of change. Directed and produced by Xiaoli Zhou Originally aired in July 2005 as an online video for Frontline/World's "Rough cut" website. 22 min. DVD X1775

Description from Women Make Movies catalog

Working Sister (Da gong mei)
Seventeen-year-old farm girl Xu Li Li works in a factory in the south, and travels the 1000 miles home to her family farm for the New Year. One of the 'da gong mei', the working sisters, she talks about her life at the factory and back home on the farm. Writer/director/producer Jennifer Stephens. c1998. 28 min. Video/C MM596

World in the Balance
In this 2 part program, "The People Paradox" opens with an investigation of humanity's future through worldwide demographic trends. In Japan, Europe and Russia, birth rates are shrinking and the population is aging. But in parts of India and Africa, more than half of the still growing population is under 25. The conclusion: world population is now careening in two dramatically different directions. The second segment "China revs up," looks at China's booming economy and its growing impact on the environment. What will happen as China follows America's affluent lifestyle and begins to rival the U.S. as the world's biggest polluter? c2004. 114 min. Video/C MM973

The World of the Dragon (Human Geography, People Places and Change; 10)
Film examines China with particular emphasis on Shanghai, as it opens itself to economic and social influences from the West and from other Asian nations. 1996. 27 min. Video/C 4250

Writers & Revolutionaries (Pacific Century ; 4).
The lives of Lu Xun, China's greatest modern writer, and Kita Ikki, the famous Japanese philosopher, are highlighted. Both revolutionaries explored the traditional strengths and weaknesses of their societies, with Lu Xun writing scathing satires aimed at China's ineffective leadership. Kita Ikki, on the other hand, watched with alarm as his radical teachings were distorted by right wing extremists and used to design a monstrous blueprint for a Japanese world empire. Details how China became vulnerable to the threat of the encroaching Japanese. 1992. 60 min. DVD 4925 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2499

ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

Yang Ban Xi: The 8 Modelworks
Yang Ban Xi was the name given to the group of performers that would put on extravagant propaganda productions during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Takes a look at this art form and its unique performers who presented colorful, amusing musicals that were the only government approved entertainment during the Cultural Revolution. Directed by Yan Ting Yuen. 2005. 85 min. DVD X444

Young and Restless in China.
Tracks the lives of nine ambitious young Chinese men and women who are struggling to make it in this very tumultuous and rapidly changing society, defying Eastern cultural traditions in pursuit of more Western values. Written and directed by Sue Williams. Originally broadcast as segments of the television program Frontline in 2008. 106 min. DVD X41

Cultural history of the ancient imperial city. Shows important archaeological finds at the city site. 1980. 58 min. Video/C 311

Zengbu After Mao.
A portrait of a rural village in the Republic of China as it has moved from Maoist socialism into contact with a world economy. 1987. 27 min. Video/C 2971

Japan, Korea, Pacific Islands

Copyright (C) 1996 by the Library, University of California, Berkeley. All rights reserved.
Document maintained on server: by
Gary Handman, Head, Media Resources Center.
Last update 03/22/12 [gh]

MRC web graphics by Mary Scott, Graphics Office, The Teaching Library