film festivals

Li Xianting Film School Closed by Authorities

Beijing’s Li Xianting Film School, which offered training programs for independent film makers, was abruptly closed down by authorities last week without official explanation. From Radio Netherlands Worldwide:  The...

Sidney Rittenberg: An American in Mao’s China

90-year-old Sidney Rittenberg’s life story is one beyond compare. Not only did the South Carolina native witness first-hand the totality of Mao’s career as China’s supreme ruler, but he also played an active...

Party Elite and Police All Have a Say on Culture

TIME’s Austin Ramzy reports from the opening of the 6th Beijing Independent Film Festival, at which police made a special appearance against the backdrop of the Party’s Central Committee plenum. The BIFF opening was...

Film Festival Pulls Own Plug

Global Times reports that the 8th Documentary Film Festival of China has been canceled due to the “tense” atmosphere: The official festival microblog at revealed Monday that the event, which was scheduled to...


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