The Film Society partners with several divisions of Columbia University to present a provocative selection of some of China’s best independently produced films.
Although privately financed cinema has been allowed in China since the mid-1990s, the nation's films and filmmakers continue to face both strained relations with the government and limited opportunities to be shown at home.
This series offers direct, often controversial looks at a society undergoing an unprecedented transformation, taking international viewers to parts of the country that are almost never seen by foreigners.
Often little known in China itself, these unique works have instead made an impressive mark on the international stage: several have received major festival awards, and filmmakers Zhang Lü and Ying Liang are hailed as two of the most promising talents working anywhere today.
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This series has been selected by Bao Weihong in association with Richard Peña. It is made possible through the support of The Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, The Arts Initiative at Columbia University, The Columbia University Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, The Film Studies Program at Columbia University.