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China through the screen
There are a lot of movies and videos out there about China. Here is a selection which offer a relatively accurate portrayal and will help deepen your understanding of this country with a 4,000 year history.
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This website has been setup to help those teachers and staff that work for Perfect English in Changchun, China. There are a lot of resources on the Internet about China and about teaching English. I hope I can bring together some of the better resources to help you.

 

This collection of movies and short clips have been chosen to help people understand China. Some are available on online (youku, tudou), others will require a trip to the local DVD shop (get someone to write the title in Chinese for you).

 

The most easily accessable DVD shops are on Xikang Hutong 西康胡同. Head east from Tongzhi Jie 同志街, less than 100m. There are two shops, seperated by a furniture/homewares store. The ground floor is music, but head up the rickety stairs to the DVD section. You will find they have an incredible array of DVDs from all around the world, and the price is usually around 10 RMB.

 

If you've bumped into this website and are looking for a teaching job in China, please get in touch. This is a just a small sample of the support we will provide to make your time in China as smooth as possible.

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Ai Weiwei: a changed man - BBC News

Ai Weiwei: a changed man - BBC News | China through the screen | Scoop.it
Ai Weiwei is back in London with a new exhibition after a five-year hiatus: a lot has happened since then.
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Zhang Yimou - China's High-speed railways

The famous Chinese director has done a promotional video for China Railways Network.

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Hans Rosling: Asia's rise -- how and when

Hans Rosling: Asia's rise -- how and when | China through the screen | Scoop.it
TED Talks Hans Rosling was a young guest student in India when he first realized that Asia had all the capacities to reclaim its place as the world's dominant economic force.
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Yang Lan: The generation that's remaking China

Yang Lan: The generation that's remaking China | China through the screen | Scoop.it
TED Talks Yang Lan, a journalist and entrepreneur who's been called "the Oprah of China," offers insight into the next generation of young Chinese citizens -- urban, connected (via microblogs) and alert to injustice.
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Ten Ted Talks On China

Ten Ted Talks On China | China through the screen | Scoop.it

Ten Ted Talks on China from China Law Blog:

 

1. Hans Rosling: Let my Dataset Change Your Mindset.

2. Martin Jacques: Understanding the Rise of China.

3. Hans Rosling: Asia’s Rise — How and When.

4. Yang Lan: The Generation That’s Remaking China.

5. Yansheng Huang: Does Democracy Stifle Economic Growth?

6. Sylvia Ku: The Amazing Stories of Chinese-Indians.

7. Carol Chyau: Social Enterprise in China.

8. Neville Mars: Taming the Beast That is Beijing.

9. Peggy Liu: China as the Cleantech Laboratory of the World

10. Why is Hong Kong’s Cultural Desert a Good Thing?

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Farewell My Concubine (Bàwáng Bié Jī 霸王别姬)

Farewell My Concubine (Bàwáng Bié Jī 霸王别姬) | China through the screen | Scoop.it

The movie tells the story of Dieyi and Xiaolou, the stars of Beijing’s opera tragedy “Farewell my concubine”, on the background of the Chinese history of the 20th century: the invasion of the Japanese army, the end of the second world war and the arrival of the Communists in 1949. Dieyi and Xiaolou meet when they are children and, during the years, live a deep friendship and a turbulent homosexual love story, ending up betraying each other when, during the cultural revolution, the Beijing Opera is banned.

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Wild China

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China is a vast country with an astonishingly diverse landscape. Through unprecedented access, this six-part series reveals the little-known natural treasures and secret wildlife havens of China's wildest regions.

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Sunshine (click to watch online)

Sunshine (click to watch online) | China through the screen | Scoop.it

The film opens with a Chinese man on a phone describing an idea for what is later unveiled to be the family friendly Mcdonald’s TV ad. You can’t help but chuckle when the man explains “you know the music video by Prodigy ‘Smack My Bitch Up’…that’s kind of the idea”. This sort of somewhat sums up what John Benet experiences in his visit to China – obscurity and weirdness (at least from his perspective). ‘Sunshine’ is full of various insights into China and its ad industry that will raise an eyebrow to outsiders, from the “Sunshine People”, to the aim of promoting happiness in ads, all the way to the “dee doo” sound Chinese fire engines make.

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Please Vote for Me

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Wuhan is a city about the size of London located in central China. It is here that director Weijun Chen has conducted an experiment in democracy. A Grade 3 class at Evergreen Primary School has their first encounter with democracy by holding an election to select a Class Monitor. Eight-year-olds compete against each other for the coveted position, abetted and egged on by teachers and doting parents.

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10 minutes and you know about China (click to watch online)

10 minutes and you know about China (click to watch online) | China through the screen | Scoop.it

A 10 minute summary about China.

 

(There's one place where the audio and the slides don't match up -- the slide is correct, the voice over is wrong).

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Changchun residents most satisfied with quality of life

Changchun residents most satisfied with quality of life | China through the screen | Scoop.it
Residents of Changchun, in the northeastern province of Jilin, are the citizens most satisfied with their lives, according to research carried out by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences...
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China and Democracy

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Aspen Ideas Festivel: In much of the world, China is admired—or feared—as the rising new model of economic achievement under ruthlessly effective government direction.

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Yasheng Huang: Does democracy stifle economic growth?

TED Talks Economist Yasheng Huang compares China to India, and asks how China's authoritarian rule contributed to its astonishing economic growth -- leading to a big question: Is democracy actually holding India back?
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Hans Rosling: Let my dataset change your mindset

TED Talks Talking at the US State Department this summer, Hans Rosling uses his fascinating data-bubble software to burst myths about the developing world. Look for new analysis on China and the post-bailout world, mixed with classic data shows.
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Martin Jacques: Understanding the rise of China

Martin Jacques: Understanding the rise of China | China through the screen | Scoop.it
TED Talks Speaking at a TED Salon in London, economist Martin Jacques asks: How do we in the West make sense of China and its phenomenal rise?
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Summer Palace (Yíhé Yuán 颐和园)

Summer Palace (Yíhé Yuán 颐和园) | China through the screen | Scoop.it

Country girl Yu Hong leaves her village to study in Beijing. At university, she falls madly in love with fellow student Zho Wei. Driven by passion that neither can control, their relationship becomes one of dangerous games. All around them, their fellow students begin to demonstrate, demanding democracy and freedom. As the protests collapse, Yu and Zhou lose each other amidst the social chaos and panicked crowds. Zhou Wei is sent to a military camp, and on his release moves to Berlin. Meantime, Yu finds a job and a lover, but can not forget Zhou. In Germany too, social unrest is mounting. A familiar story for Zhou, still haunted by Yu, he returns to China as the Berlin Wall crashes down. He finally finds her, in a small town. From evening to dawn, their future stretches before them, two changed souls in a changed world.

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Manufactured Landscapes

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Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of “manufactured landscapes”—quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams—Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from civilization’s materials and debris. The film follows him through China, as he shoots the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution. With breathtaking sequences, such as the opening tracking shot through an almost endless factory, the filmmakers also extend the narratives of Burtynsky’s photographs, allowing us to meditate on our impact on the planet and witness both the epicenters of industrial endeavor and the dumping grounds of its waste.

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Cultural Differences (click to watch online)

Cultural Differences (click to watch online) | China through the screen | Scoop.it

This video was made by a German showing his/her understanding of life in China. The left blue side of the screen is the German perspective, the red side is the Chinese perspective.

Here is a rough translation of each slide into English:

- Queuing

- Sightseeing, travel

- Lifestyle of the elderly

- How you spend your free time (life aspects)

- Concept of time

- Approach to problem solving

- Relationship to children

- At a party

- Weekend shopping

- How we imagine each other

- Interpersonal relationships

- 3 meals a day

- To strong emotions

- Used to showering

- Communication of opinions

- Drink products

- Modes of transport

- Restaurant noise level

- To something new and special

- Aesthetic standards

- Fad

- Leader

- Mood and the weather

- Self

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China: A Century of Revolution

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First televised on PBS, this award-winning documentary series presents an astonishingly candid view of a once-secret nation with rare archival footage, insightful historical commentary and stunning eyewitness accounts from citizens who struggled through China’s most decisive century.

 

Part One: China in Revolution 1911–1949 (1989) charts the country’s most violent era where decades of civil war and foreign invasions led to the bloody battle for power between Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek.

 

Part Two: The Mao Years 1949–1976 (1994) examines the turbulent era of Mao’s attempts to forge a “new China” from the war-ravaged and poverty-stricken nation.

 

Part Three: Born Under the Red Flag 1976–1997 (1997) beings with Mao's death, which follows the country’s new leadership of Deng Xiaoping and its unlikely transformation into an extraordinary hybrid of communist-centralized politics with an ever-expanding free market economy. 

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Last Train Home (Guītú lièchē 归途列车)

Last Train Home (Guītú lièchē 归途列车) | China through the screen | Scoop.it
Last Train Home is a haunting, vivid documentary exploring the human toll of China's economic boom in intimate, unforgettable detail.
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To Live (Huózhe 活着 )

To Live (Huózhe 活着 ) | China through the screen | Scoop.it
Zhang Yimou, often regarded as China's leading contemporary filmmaker, directed this drama chronicling the ebb and flow of one family's fortunes, set against the backdrop of China's tumultuous history between the 1940s and the 1970s.
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