Recent Citizen Video
Artivist, a 30 minute documentary produced by Andrew Tkach, explores online dissent in China, the world's largest community of internet citizens, 25 years after the Tiananmen Square Massacre. The netizens' rambunctious godfather, artist/activist Ai Weiwei, spells out his personal philosophy in a freewheeling interview before his arrest several years ago. It also shows ordinary Chinese citizens breaking through the state's Great Firewall while investigating illegal land seizures, local corruption and the suspicious deaths of local activists.
The videos are firstly published in Helan Online
Inspired by a Chinese poem, A cat looking for a paper box, the director of the experimental video Vivian Sun, re-examined the Chinese society through the eyes of a cat. The fate of the cat is similar to the fate of the weak in the Chinese society, who are abandoned, ignored and forgotten.
Vivian is born and received elementary education in China. She moved to Hong Kong for tertiary education.
This documentary traces the paths of two of China’s first citizen reporters as they navigate the ever-evolving political risks and the technical barriers created by what is commonly known as The Great Firewall. This inspiring story offers a glimpse of contemporary China and grassroots reporting through the lens of two unique individuals.
Liu Ximei was born in 1985 in Xincai County, Zhumadian City in Henan Province. Being born in violation of the one child policy, she was given up to be raised by relatives. In 1995, a ten year-old young lady, Ximei, was severely injured while harvesting wheat. Losing copious amounts of blood, she was given HIV contaminated blood and contracted AIDS while under treatment at a local hospital. According to 2011 official statistics, there are 850,000 AIDS sufferers in China, a majority of which contracted the illness as the result of an officially promoted plasma market.
A Uyghur young man working in Beijing as a waiter. He is inscribed with traits of the Uyghur ethnicity in his waiter outlook, food, religion and even his identity card. To express his entranged feeling, he inscribed a tatoo, "Battle" in his back. But his father found it outraging because of religious reason. He ran away but then the Beijing police officers found trouble with him. Eventually he cleaned his tatoo but the conflicts still linger. The film wins a "Best Director" and a “Special Jury Prize” in two Beijing film festivals in 2013
Ai Weiwei Workshop conducted the interview in 2010 with Liu Yuting, a mother of a child victim of the Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008. Liu's child death was resulted from the collapse of Beichuan High School. The video was released last month on 12 April 2013 and Seeing red in China published the full translation of the interview in 2013 mother's day.
How does China’s re-education-through-labor system “reform” its detainees? In this film, petitioner Liu Hua provides an insight through her personal experience. A 51-year-old farmer from Shenyang, Liaoning, Liu Hua fell victim to retaliation after she and her husband Yue Yongjin exposed the embezzlement of a large portion of collectively owned funds by their local village Party secretary and other senior officials.
China's economic boom and talk of the merits of hard work have created an expectation that to study is to escape poverty. But these days China's higher education system only leads to jobs for a few, educating a new generation to unemployment and despair.
This documentary, "Education, Education", is part of a series under the theme "Why Poverty". The project which invited documentary directors from around the world to produce 8 documentaries, is sponsored by a Denmark non-profit organization, Steps International.
Li Ning and Body Art Guerrilla Group, Made-in-J Town, is frustrated with the extra fee for selecting the schools imposed onto the parents by elementary schools. They believe it is a form of corruption and want to protest against it with action art. In 2008, Li Ning wrapped himself with red tape and tied an amplifier on his body, playing slogan in front of a school. Police officers appeared accusing him of moral corruption...
Li Ning and Body Art Guerrilla Group, Made-in-J Town planned an action art in a Jinan highway in 2008. They wanted to create a fuss by spreading paper money in the highway. They had successfully escaped from the police and recorded their performance on tape.
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