The Ditch (or Goodbye) "Jiabiangou" 夹边沟 is a documentary feature film directed by Wang Bing, "It is adapted from the novel "Farewell to Jiabiangou", which reflects the story of a group of rightist politicians in China in the early 1960s working through labor at the Jiabiangou camp in the Gobi Desert. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival in Sept. 2010."
National Memory: Zhou Enlai and the East is Red opera is a serial TV show on CCTV, which narratives the history of the East is Red opera. This show was first broadcast in 2018. It is interesting to see why the TV show is named "National Memory," and the purpose of this kind of TV show in that specific year. Also, it is worth to exam how history has been told, how historical materials have been selected, and what the intention of this historical narrative is.
This is the original film about The East Is Red opera with English subtitles.
Transliterated from the English word “smart,” shamate was a subculture movement among young migrant workers from rural areas who moved to China’s industrial cities during the mid-’00s. But followers of shamate soon became targets for the mainstream, with haters actively attempting to destroy the subculture’s sanctuaries and activities.
Director Li Yifan’s documentary “We Were Smart” sheds light on the spiritual world of former shamate members, their role in China’s economic boom, and how their community was ultimately torn apart simply because they wanted to be different.
Mao Tse-tung: The Architect of Modern China Full Video (18:13)
"This program looks at the life and legacy of Mao Tse-Tung: birth, education, enlistment in the revolutionary army; founding the Communist Party and the first Chinese Soviet; adapting Marxism to Chinese culture; victory over the Nationalists in 1949; the Great Proletarian Revolution; the Cultural Revolution; opening to the West; the death of Chou Enlai; the death of Mao; the fall of the Gang of Four; tourists on the Great Wall; the Tiananmen massacre." (19 minutes, b&w/color)
Unique personal stories combined with rare historical footage give a new perspective on Mao Zedong’s utopia. At the height of Maoism, China was as closed off as present-day North Korea. As China eased out of its age of isolation in the early 1970s, Westerners equipped with government-regulated narratives began to romanticize the new government. Only a small group of Westerners who grew up and lived inside Mao’s China witnessed first-hand the upheaval of the Cultural Revolution. Until now they had preferred to remain silent, but armed with a new outlook on life they are committed to sharing their experiences without fear.
The Three Gorges Dam will bring huge economic benefits to areas of central China, but Grandma Pang, an 87-year-old villager who is to be relocated to avoid rising waters from the construction project, is not so sure the changes are all for the good. She has lived all her life in one village and will be forced to leave many possessions and special places behind. Filmed over three years, this program chronicles Grandma Pang’s traditional lifestyle, her emotional departure from the past, and the difficulties encountered in her new home as she and are family are moved to a “model town” to make way for the Three Gorges dam. A part of the series China from Within. (Portions with English subtitles, 26 minutes)