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

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

in The New Chinese Documentary Film Movement

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028528
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207202 | DOI:
Rethinking China’s New Documentary Movement: Engagement with                             the Social

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

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

Chapter.  14511 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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