Beijing Plugs Patriotic Films Ahead of Anniversary

AFP reports on a government effort to get citizens to show their patriotism by going to the movies:

Beijing cinemas will hand out nearly a million free movie coupons to encourage citizens to watch patriotic films as China tries to foster love of country ahead of the nation’s 60th birthday.

State-run Xinhua news agency said movie-goers who buy a regular ticket from September 1-20 will be given one of the coupons.

The give-away period corresponds with the release of patriotically themed domestic films such as “Jianguo Daye”, which chronicles the founding of communist China, in the run-up to National Day on October 1.


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